PSG board thinking about acquiring the Stade de France
According to a report published by the French newspaper Le Parisien on Friday, PSG would be ready to position itself with a view to becoming the main user of Stade de France once the current concession ends in 2025, via a takeover, with the cost of the acquisition estimated at €600m.
The future of PSG at the Parc des Princes is going to be a very long soap opera, and in fact, that's been the case for a while now with the first threats of a potential exit growing bigger and bigger last December when PSG president Nassr Al-Khelaifi claimed that his club wouldn't have a problem relocating if they can't buy the Parc.
While waiting to officially reestablish contact with the Paris city hall to discuss the possibility of extending their residence at the Parc des Princes, the leaders of PSG are not sitting idly by.
According to L'Équipe, PSG "are seriously considering filing a file to acquire Stade de France." This was, of course, one of the many options at hand for the Paris Saint-Germain leaders and perhaps the quickest/simplest fix to their ongoing troubles with Paris and the whole Parc des Princes saga.
This option is getting more realistic with each passing day, though, considering the concession of the Stade de France ends on July 1, 2025, and then the stadium property will be up for grabs and open to the highest bidder.
PSG might entertain loaning or acquiring the Stade de France from the French state
The Qatar-backed board of PSG, though, has never considered acquiring the Stade de France as a "serious hypothesis," mostly because of the attachment of the Parisian club to the Parc des Princes, which has been the stadium of PSG since the organization was created all the way back in 1970.
For several months, PSG has instead been trying to convince the Paris city hall to sell them the Parc des Princes, always getting rejected by Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris.
Other alternatives are being studied, such as the construction of a new stadium, but this major project poses more problems than it solves, mostly the time it'd take to build an entirely new venue from the ground up. Moving to the Stade de France would be an intermediate solution.
The price of the Stade de France is estimated at €600m. To the price of the acquisition, PSG would then have to add money invested in renovation works in order to adapt it to the needs of a football club. A few weeks ago, it was reported that PSG had commissioned the company Legends to conduct market research and find out about the transformation of the stadium into a real football pitch.
Since its completion in 1998, the Stade de France has never had a resident club because of the multifunctionality of the venue.
The French government remains open to all hypotheses but seems very attached to the multifunctional face of the largest stadium in France, capable of hosting all types of sporting events along with alternative meetings such as music concerts and festivals, which might make for a hard sell to Paris Saint-Germain in the event the organization ultimately ends entertaining the idea.