Club Brugge announce €100m new stadium plan

Club Brugge announce €100m new stadium plan
Belgian soccer outfit Club Brugge have announced plans for a €100 million (US$111 million) new stadium to replace their current home, the Jan Breydel Stadium.

The new Stadion Brugge venue is set to have a 40,000 capacity, according to plans revealed by the Belgian First Division A club, with construction due for completion by the 2022/23 season. The build will be financed by the club, with land leased from the city council.

Club Brugge’s President, Bart Verhaeghe, said: “The stadium is old and dangerous, worn out.

“The sooner we leave, the better for everyone. For the future of club and for the entire environment. This will give Sint-Andries and Bruges a boost. That is precisely why I am convinced that it will work this time.”

The team’s current venue was built by rival club Cercle Brugge in 1973. It has a capacity of 30,000 and was last renovated ahead of the 2000 UEFA European Championships.

However, with impending new European club soccer venue regulations, Verhaeghe is aware of the need for change: “Everything will change, the requirements to play at the absolute top will become more demanding.

“Imagine that you miss out because you are not allowed to play in your own stadium. Okay, we are Belgium and we will always be Belgium. But I still want to be able to do what Ajax does. We needed a solution for our stadium, and we have now found it.”

The initial plans for the new venue were part of Holland and Belgium’s 2018 World Cup bid. After that fell through in 2010 the club continued to draw up plans for a new home but disagreements with local authorities stalled the process. Now, a deal has now been agreed and construction can begin.

The Belgian league leaders had long pursued plans to build a new venue in another part of the city, but administrative entanglements have meant that a decision has been made on the original site.

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