Rugby. Major works have begun in the legendary Sapiac basin

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Let’s go ! The historic Sapiac has lived, long live the new bowl. The modernization work began this Monday, and will continue for many weeks, so that everything is ready at the start of next season.

Memories are collected in spades… Friday evening, the Sapiacains beat Mont-de-Marsan at the end of the suspense (26-24), to continue to believe in maintaining, before going to Aurillac. A success which also marked the end of a more than century-old history of a team with its stadium, this mythical bowl which will no longer really be the same when it resumes, at the end of the summer. Modernity imposes changes on Sapiac, this is what was decided with an overhaul of the enclosure (our edition of May 10), and in particular the pure and simple elimination of the track which surrounded the lawn. It is this track which bore the first cost of the work which started with great fanfare this Monday, under the heat. A few curious people are there to admire the spectacle because, somewhere, it is also a spectacle. “I saw runners on this track,” explains this man who watches the workers break down the walls in less time than it takes to say it. A story takes a long time to write, it can turn to dust in a few seconds… The pros also take a look after their meal at the USM house, at this lawn that they have walked on. Before a speaker a little more in tune with the times, you need to sweat. So, the ballet is rehearsed. This Monday morning, a hedge and two trees could not resist, the construction equipment had to be moved through. “They don’t hang around, it goes quickly. But the easiest thing is probably to destroy,” adds another spectator.

The work is progressing quickly.
DDM, – La. L.

History is being written before our eyes

In the presidential stand, members of the club have also installed themselves: as if to keep a memory of “what Sapiac was before”. They will be able to say “I was there”. They are right. History is being written before their eyes, and it will continue for many weeks to come. The signage installed all around the stadium, the advertising panels, everything must be cleared to make way for the excavators. So, we climb, we clear the brush… It doesn’t seem like it, but there’s a crazy job to do. And it takes time. This lindi, the track opposite, as well as the first three rows of the honorary stand have had their day, leaving room for a large void which surprises. On the lawn, we are also working to remove all the sound equipment and equipment. As for the large screen, which will be installed in the exact opposite way in the new enclosure, it remains there for the moment, requiring a specific project in itself. The Sapiac facelift therefore began on May 13, 2024, a date that will undoubtedly remain historic. And there are even some who will keep a vestige of the old track. “It’s planned” advances with a slight smile, a regular of the place…

Some came to see this moment in history.
DDM, – La. L.
The billboards are disappearing too.
The billboards are disappearing too.
DDM, – La. L.
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