Paris La Défense Arena reopened its doors on Friday evening for the first time in six months with the Top 14 rugby union match between Racing 92 and Montpellier.

The venue shuttered on February 29 due to COVID-19, but this week welcomed the maximum capacity of 5,000 fans to the 30,681-capacity venue.

The arena said in a statement that the new COVID-19 health rules and instructions were “well respected by visitors,” as fans were required to wear a mask, use contactless, gradually exit, and adhere to the one-way direction of movement.

The Paris La Défense Arena is a multi-use domed stadium that is located in Nanterre, which is a western suburb of Paris.

The venue offers three separate configurations. In its rugby configuration, it has a nominal seating capacity of 30,681. For concerts, it is able to seat 40,000 and a movable stand allows it to also be used for a variety of indoor sports, at various capacities, with a capacity of as low as 5,000 being possible.

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