Rotterdam giants Feyenoord have announced plans to redevelop their De Kuip stadium, which will see the ground’s capacity increased by nearly 20,000 seats.
The huge renovation will see De Kuip, which was originally built in 1937, leapfrog Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena to become Holland’s biggest stadium.
Feyenoord made the announcement via the club's official website, revealing:
FFC’s plans involve the redevelopment of De Kuip into a state-of-the-art stadium with around 70,000 seats, some 90 business units, around 6,300 business seats with all modern facilities before, during and after matches and a host of possibilities for use on non-match days.
The confirmation comes after a four-month investigation into the proposal, which has received high praise from those involved.
According to ShanghaiDaily.com, "building is planned to start in summer 2015, and to finish in 2018 with total costs of an estimated 200 million euros." The renovation will see the stadium's second tier extended, as opposed to an alternative proposal that would have seen a third tier added.
In addition to that, the club has set aside a budget of €16 million in order to develop new training facilities.
The announcement of a redeveloped stadium comes just under a year after the club had plans to build a new stadium rejected. According to Football Oranje.com’s Michael Bell, the Rotterdam council had doubts over the €300 million project and decided against the proposal.
This news completes a fantastic week for the Rotterdam club, who have won seven Eredivisie matches on the spin to confirm their appearance in next year’s Champions League.
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