Promoted to National, Versailles is looking for a stadium

At the end of a very successful season, rewarded with a semi-final of the Coupe de France (0-2 defeat in Nice, March 1) and promotion to National (1st in group A of N2), FC Versailles, already resident of D3 between 1986 and 1990, however prepares his return to this level in uncertainty. That of not knowing where he will evaluate at home on the resumption.

Its Montbauron stadium will not be able to meet the conditions defined by the specifications of the French Federation (FFF) in terms of lighting, the Yvelines club will not be able to welcome its opponents there in the evening.

Located less than five kilometers from the castle and the Sun King’s bedroom, which must not receive any light source, the enclosure with 6,208 seats could be the subject of specific development, in the medium term, allowing it to be approved by the FFF. “We have good reason to think that we may finally receive authorization in 2023”, we say to the club, in permanent discussions with the town hall and the architects of the Buildings of France (ABF). In the meantime, Youssef Chibhi’s players will have to find a base, for at least one season.

It could be at the Michel-Hidalgo stadium in Saint-Gratien (Val d’Oise), whose resident club, the Sannois-Saint-Gratien agreement, has just been relegated to N3 and with whom an agreement in principle has been reached. for several weeks, as announced at the beginning of May by The Parisian. “There is a possibility for us to go and play there, confirms Jean-Luc Arribart, the general manager of FC Versailles. We thank the leaders who are ready to welcome us. But we are also studying another hypothesis which has many advantages. We go around the question and especially our calculations. »

Jean-Bouin in the pipes

Because the two sites selected do not represent the same cost at all. In addition to the rental price, which goes from simple to double from one to the other according to our information, the playing conditions, the reception capacity and above all the geographical location would still be debated.

Between the Michel-Hidalgo stadium, 30 kilometers from Versailles, and a more central location, possibly in Paris where the Jean-Bouin stadium, dedicated to rugby and occupied by the Stade Français, could be suitable subject to agreement with the resident, the decision has not yet been taken internally. The Charléty stadium is already occupied by Paris FC (L2) and also coveted by Paris 13 Atletico (National).

The club must inform the federal body of its choice no later than June 30 and should communicate by the end of the week.

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