Marbella plans new football stadium.

Marbella Town Hall has announced ambitious new plans for a new stadium that could see it as a reserve venue for the 2030 World Cup.

The Town Hall has given the green light to the project with the award of a 75-year public concession requested by the Marbella FC Foundation with the aim of constructing the new municipal stadium, which will begin at the end of summer.

Marbella mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, commented at a presentaion that “it is a great project that … will become a reality thanks to the drive, determination and seriousness of the club when it comes to complying with the requirements that were established”, while highlighting that “the private initiative accompanies what was already the municipal will and will represent a qualitative leap for the town that goes beyond sports.” .

The councilor, who was accompanied by the club’s representative, Esteban Granero, recalled that “once the City Council detected serious infrastructure deficiencies in the (current) facility, a contest of ideas was held to have a project model, the cost of which would be and management fully assumed the entity and that will now be improved thanks to their commitment.”

The new proposal to replace the crumbling current stadium, will cost between 115 and 130 million euros and the capacity will be increased from 8,000 to 10,000 spectators. In addition, the venue will have a 1,500 square metre high performance center, a commercial area, parking for 1000 and a sports residence with 90 rooms.

Granero, for his part, has assured that “our purpose is to make an integrative stadium that is an iconic space and that meets the demands of the public , club fans and sport in general.”

Architect company Huete Arquitectos was behind the winning design, and has brought in consulting firm KPMG to aid the project.The stadium is expected to create 1,600 and 2,300 new jobs is expected (800 direct, 700 indirect and 400 induced) .

Granero also commented that “we have taken references from international organisations such as FIFA or UEFA to guarantee that the new stadium complies with the regulations that allow it to become the official sub-venue for the 2030 World Cup in Spain, Portugal and Morocco and hold matches. of men’s under-21 national teams, women’s senior national teams, trophies and friendly matches between internationally renowned clubs, musical events and shows.

Finally, he stressed that “the fact that the foundation presents the report guarantees the public interest of the project” and has stressed that “the benefits will be reverted to its institutional purposes, which are to promote grassroots sport, enhance the image of tourism of the city and develop programmes for young people at risk of social exclusion.

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