The Stade Charles Ehrmann football and athletics stadium opened in the sports park of the same name in the French Mediterranean city of Nice in September 1973 after a three-year construction project. The facility can hold around 8,000 spectators. When used in conjunction with the multipurpose Palais Nikaia concert hall, which was built in 2001, it can host large-scale events such as international pop concerts for crowds of up to 50,000. At the urge of the policy maker Charles Ehrmann, after whom the park is named, the construction concept behind the athletics arena adhered closely to the strict guidelines for international competition venues. New sports surfaces from Polytan were installed in the summer of 2013 with a view to maintaining high standards over the long term and continuing to provide excellent training conditions for athletes who are members of Nice Côte d'Azur Athlétisme, for example. The water-impermeable Polytan M in traditional brick red was chosen, the surfaces having previously been blue. Not only is the Polytan M synthetic surface fast, it also has excellent sports medical values thanks to its optimal shock absorbency.