Le Mans.  MMArena is over, place at the Marie-Marvingt stadium

Le Mans. MMArena is over, place at the Marie-Marvingt stadium

After the disengagement of MMA, the stadium will now be called Stade Marie-Marvingt (1875-1963), the stadium will now be called Stade Marie-Marvingt, becoming the first sports arena with more than 20,000 seats in France to carry a female name. The naming contract between the insurance group and Le Mans stadium ended on July 1, 2022.

It is with great pride that I announce the new name of the Le Mans stadium.​, specifies Stéphane Le Foll, mayor and president of Le Mans Métropole.In consultation with the mayors of the metropolis and the municipal majority, we decided to name it “Marie-Marvingt stadium​. At a time when it is necessary to support the influence of women’s sport, on the eve of the Paris Olympic Games and at the time of these important stages of visibility which mediate the Tour de France women and the Women’s Euro football, Le Mans is committed to the recognition of women athletes and their talents​.

For Stephane Le Foll,his name carries a new ambition for the Le Mans stadium. When the women’s team of Le Mans FC settled in Ligue 2, this choice reflects a real connection with the projects of the territory”.

An invitation letter will be sent to Mrs. Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games so that she can come and inaugurate the stadium.

+ Who is Marie Marvingt, “the bride of danger” who gave her name to the Le Mans stadium?

“The promotion of women’s sport”

For Le Mans metropolis, it is a question of promoting women’s sport through the name of this accomplished sportswoman who was, unofficially, the first woman to finish the Tour de France in 1908. Commitment, self-sacrifice, self-transcendence, spirit of solidarity, fraternity… all these principles animated the life of Marie Marvingt and echo the world of sport”, indicates Le Mans Métropole in a press release this Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

By naming the Marie-Marvingt stadium, it is a question of saluting the memory of a great lady who worked to preserve the integrity of France and its people, who launched great inventions and new sports disciplines while giving a strong theme at this stage: the promotion of women’s sport in all its forms​.

Who was Marie Marvingt

Marie Marvingt (1875-1963) is not known to the general public and yet, the one who was nicknamed “the bride of danger”, deserves to come out of anonymity. She was a mountaineer, cyclist, practiced sport shooting, swimming among other sports. She was one of the first women to fly alone and the first to cross the English Channel from the Continent to England in 1909. In 1910 she set the Femina Cup record.

During the First World War, she was refused to fight by the army and decided to become a nurse and war correspondent. After the war, she left to live in Morocco, where she created the first training center for nurse pilots of medical aircraft and received the peace medal. It will also play a role during the Second World War. Thereafter, she continued cycling and prepared her helicopter pilot’s license until her death at the age of 88. With 34 decorations, she is the most decorated woman in the history of France.

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