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Centre for Sporting Excellence

Commune du Mans

Le Mans, Pays de la Loire Altitude : 86m
1 Gymnasium
1 Stadium
1 BMX track

Centre disciplines

Handball Basketball Wheelchair basketball Sitting volleyball Rugby Football Cycling BMX racing


In a serene and unspoiled setting, Le Mans offers high-quality sports facilities less than an hour away from Paris by high-speed train, or two hours by road. The Centre for Sporting Excellence boasts three major facilities: a stadium, a sports hall, and a velodrome. Situated very close to each other, they form a sports village, where one can get about on foot and where interaction, between athletes and with visitors, is facilitated. This centre is the site of Le Mans’ major sporting and cultural events. High-level athletes come here, confident in the knowledge that they will be able to use equipment adapted to their discipline. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable public gathers here, in a convivial atmosphere. The proximity of the fabled 24 Hours circuit further enhances the renown and the attractiveness of the site. Thanks to its tram station and easy accessibility, the Centre for Sporting Excellence is close to everything (city centre, hotels, station, green spaces…). Le Mans means less travel time, less stress, and more time to train, to become physically and psychologically prepared. Contact us, let us know what you want, what you need. The City of Le Mans, the sites’ managers and technical teams will make every effort to make your stay pleasant and worthwhile, to make it a real advantage for your athletes in the pursuit of their goals

Special features

The Centre of Sporting Excellence’s equipment is versatile and can be adapted to many disciplines and different configurations (for training as well as public matches). Experience in organising major sporting events and the teams’ expertise guarantee a stay in the best conditions, in calm and serene surroundings.

This site promotes sharing amongst athletes. A delegation wishing to offer open fixtures or training sessions would be sure to encounter a curious and friendly audience.

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Known for

At Antarès: EuroBasket 2001 Women, French Gymnastics Championships (2004), Men’s and Women’s Golden League Handball (2017 and 2014), French Table Tennis Championship (2019), basketball fixtures for national and European championships for 25 years.

At the MMArena: since 2012, international men’s and women’s football matches, international American football match, European Cup and national rugby championship matches, starting point of a Tour de France stage (2011), World Ultimate Championships (2019).

Optional extras

Meeting room Internet access Equipment available for private use Secure storage area Infirmery Floodlit facilities Hospital nearby Relaxation room Physiotherapy room Weights room Film screening room Personal security service Vehicle hire service Adapted vehicle hire service

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