Residents near the Rennes stadium were unexpectedly woken up at 3 a.m. on Wednesday by the Champions League anthem, which echoed through the loudspeakers of Roazhon Park.
Rennes have confirmed that they previously held a ‘small event’ at their home to celebrate a first place in the Champions League group stage – achieved when Sevilla knocked Wolves out of the Europa League.
Ligue 1 team posted a video on social media at 11 p.m. local time with a DJ playing the UEFA anthem over the sound system. About four hours later, neighbors at the club said they heard the music looping for 20 minutes.
“The music was extremely loud,” a local resident told Ouest-France. “I honestly think everyone must have been awake. It sounded even louder than match days! Another tweet, posted at 3:25 a.m., appears to show the music echoing around the empty stadium.
Rennes offered no official response but club president Nicolas Holveck confirmed there had been an event at Roazhon Park earlier on Wednesday. “We had a little event at the stadium with the employees and some players,” said Holveck. “It’s a very, very beautiful evening.”
The Breton club will play a closed-door friendly against Saint-Étienne later Wednesday, their first home game since the coronavirus outbreak prematurely ended the 2019-2020 Ligue 1 season. Rennes finished third in the points per game table, winning a first-ever Champions League qualification.
Sevilla’s victory over Wolves on Tuesday freed up the group stage spot reserved for the Europa League winners, with the remaining four teams having already sealed their Champions League places. This means the famous music will be performed at Roazhon Park at least three more times this year – and hopefully at a less antisocial hour.