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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.

Opponents organized protests, collected signatures in order to call for a referendum. Although they did not succeed, they published alternative reports denouncing the impacts of a new stadium in the city as well as the problems relating to the enlargement of the existing one. They even managed to bring the case to the courts but the sentence did not stop the sport complex project.

Basic Data

Name of conflict:Stade des Lumières - OL Land. Decines, France
State or province:Rhône-Alpes
Location of conflict:Décines-Charpieu
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)

Source of Conflict

Type of conflict. 1st level:Tourism Recreation
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Urban development conflicts
Specific commodities:Leisure Services

Project Details and Actors

Project details

The 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:50
Level of Investment:530,000,000
Type of populationUrban
Company names or state enterprises:OL Group from France
Moulin TP from France
Relevant government actors:French Government, General Council of Rhône, the Grand Lyon, SYTRAL, municipality of Décines, Urban Community of Lyon
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Association 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.

Conflict & Mobilization

IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local government/political parties
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Creation 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-economical 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)
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (failure for environmental justice)
Strengthening of participation
Development of alternatives:Enlarge the existing stadium (stade de Gerland) according to the studies of several architects.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain: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 & Materials

Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

Planning: Plan Local dUrbanisme sur la commune de Décines:

References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Dubos, J. Grand stade de Lyon. Gerland ou Decines. Histoire dun projet contra nature (2010) (in French).

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Wikipedia site (in French more complete): ères

OL site referring to the new stadium:

Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Photo gallery:

Video of a banner display:

Other comments:- Association Carton Rouge (in French):
- Gones pour Gerland association (in French):

Meta information

Contributor:Alfred Burballa Noria
Last update18/08/2019