Built for the 1998 football World Cup the Stade de France took on a dual purpose almost immediately, first playing host to international rugby in February that year.
France welcomed cross-channel rivals England to the Parisian suburb of Saint Denis and won 24-17, with Philippe Bernat-Salles scoring the first try ever at the stadium.
That summer the French football team wrote themselves into the history books at the Stade de France by lifting the World Cup for the first time with a 3-0 win over Brazil.
And the stadium played host to the rugby equivalent nine years later, in October 2007, with South Africa defeating England 15-6 to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy - making it the only stadium to have hosted a World Cup final in both sports.
France had been denied the opportunity to lift the trophy on home soil by England, who beat them 14-9 at the Stade De France in the semi-finals.
With a capacity of 80,000 it is the sixth largest stadium in Europe, just behind Twickenham, and replaced Parc des Princes as the home of French rugby.
The stadium has hosted the UEFA Champions League final twice, in 2000 and 2006, and is also a popular music venue, with Coldplay and Paul McCartney having hosted concerts there.