The “Stade du Rhône” at the heart of the “Parc de Parilly” in the South of Lyon surroundings, located in between two municipalities (Bron and Vénissieux), will welcome 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.
The “Parc de Parilly” large grassy area, and belongs to the Rhône Department. It is composed by a wooded zone which covers the majority of the 178 hectares of the park, and an area dedicated to sport activities, including many equipments, where the « Stade du Rhône » is. The racecourse of Lyon-Parilly is located in the centre of the Park and managed by the Races Company of Lyon. The sport area structures is 2-km long and the entire park is about 5 km.
The “Parc de Parilly” is appreciated by numerous athletes for its pure air.
The “Stade du Rhône” has a 8 lanes track in the international standards which welcomes demonstrations all year long, including 4 or 5 regional, national and even European gatherings but also 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships Lyon, then World veterans championships in 2015. There is also a 400 m track in free access all year long, with 3 lanes (synthetic ring), which enables the athletes to train in good conditions.
The park also includes 10 football fields, 12 basketball fields, a volleyball court, a rugby field, 6 handball fields, 1 soft-ball ground and cricket too. Bodybuilding and stretching places are also freely accessible and outdoors intergenerational devices of soft and playful gymnastics are available too.
If the “Parc de Parilly” and the “Stade du Rhône” will welcome main big tent for catering and the various World Championships activities (partners village, demonstrations, shop), a well-organised system has been set up for transportation and accommodation in order to welcome delegations, the Paralympic IPC family, foreign supporters and media representatives in optimal conditions, including short journey times between accommodation and competition sites with accommodated transports.
25 hotels, including 7 reserved to the Medias and 2 for the officials and the Paralympic IPC family, are spread over 3 big poles of accommodation:
1. The Southern Pole (Bron / Chaponnay): between 5 and 15 km from the competition site. Journey time : 8-15 minutes.
2. The Center Pole (Part-Dieu): between 7 and 8 km from the site of competition site. Journey time : 20 minutes approximately.
3. The Eastern Pole (Perrache, Gerland): between 7 and 8 km from the site of competition site. Journey time : 20 minutes approximately.