MMArena at LeMans, a multisport stadium designed for hosting a variety of sporting events such as soccer and rugby, can accommodate 25,000 spectators. This can be increased to 38,000 seats for concerts, shows, operas, etc. The venue also has over 3,000 square metres of exhibition rooms and reception areas for meetings.
This was the first time in France that a government-private sector partnership was used for funding such a project. Like many stadiums in Europe, for instance the Allianz Arena in Munich and the Emirates Stadium (home of Arsenal Football Club) in Great Britain, the MMArena is jointly funded by the region, the city of LeMans, the private corporation VINCI, and a private sponsor, in this case the MMA Insurance Group, investing $EU3 million at the start of the project, then $EU1 million a year for 10 years.Read the full story at Security Electronics and Networks