Stade des Lumières - OL Land. Decines, France


The OL Land project of Jean-Michel Aulas is meant to implement a huge sports complex on 50 hectares of land subject to the Council of Décines, 15 km from Lyon. OL Land includes the new 60,000 seat stadium, the training of the professional team centre, the headquarters offices of OL Groupe, a shop OL Stadium, 7000 parking spaces, many leisure and entertainment facilities including hundred and fifty hotel rooms and 8,000 square meters of office buildings. In fact, opponents affirm that 'it is more than just a football stadium for professional football, it is a business metropolis built for economical profit because the stadium itself would occupy only 5 hectares'. In other words, it is a full urban development operation that uses the excuse of a new stadium.

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Basic Data
NameStade des Lumières - OL Land. Decines, France
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Tourism Recreation
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Urban development conflicts
Specific CommoditiesLeisure Services
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe whole project entails: Stadium - 58,000 seats Training Center - 10.6 Ha.

Hotels (100/150 rooms each) Office Buildings Leisure Centre 6,700 parking places
Project Area (in hectares)50
Level of Investment (in USD)530,000,000
Type of PopulationUrban
Company Names or State EnterprisesOL Group from France
Moulin TP from France
Relevant government actorsFrench Government, General Council of Rhône, the Grand Lyon, SYTRAL, municipality of Décines, Urban Community of Lyon
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersAssociation Carton Rouge., CANOL., Gones pour Gerland., Those are the associations which have been more active although the list of opposing associations is longer and can be seen in the web site of the first association mentioned.
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingLocal government/political parties
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Interrupting public meetings of local authorities displaying banners against the stadium.
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCourt decision (failure for environmental justice)
Strengthening of participation
Development of AlternativesEnlarge the existing stadium (stade de Gerland) according to the studies of several architects.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Opponents have tried their best to raise awareness but unfortunately they were not powerful enough to convince a consistent majority. However they managed to spread the debate among the citizens of Lyon and surroundings creating opinion. They managed as well to make promoters and politicians explain themselves better about the project. Finally, it has to be said also that football is an easy topic to use the masses on own profit.
Sources and Materials

Planning: Plan Local dUrbanisme sur la commune de Décines:
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Dubos, J. Grand stade de Lyon. Gerland ou Decines. Histoire dun projet contra nature (2010) (in French).
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Wikipedia site (in French more complete): ères
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OL site referring to the new stadium:
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Media Links

Video of a banner display:
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Photo gallery:
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Other Comments- Association Carton Rouge (in French):

- Gones pour Gerland association (in French):
Meta Information
ContributorAlfred Burballa Noria
Last update08/10/2014