Major building works "are set to begin on the area surrounding Celtic Park ahead of the Commonwealth Games next year," according to the SCOTSMAN. The Parkhead club announced that "work on the demolition of London Road Primary School and the club's ticket office" would begin on Wednesday as the front of the stadium undergoes a facelift. Celtic Park is the venue for the opening ceremony of the Games which will take place on July 23, "and it will also host the Scottish Cup final in May" (SCOTSMAN, 11/13).
The foundation stone for the €250M ($336M) Grande Stade de Lyon was laid Tuesday, according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The new Lyon stadium, also known as the Stade des Lumières, "will be one of France's 10 UEFA Euro 2016 venues and the race is now on to make sure the stadium is finished in time for the championships." Scheduled to be finished during the '15-16 season, "the stadium has suffered funding delays but these now appear to be cleared." Groundwork work had already started at the 58,000-seat stadium "in the suburb of Decines-Charpieu, 10km east of central Lyon." The arena will be part of a complex spread over 50 hectares and will have a training ground for Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais, "as well as hotels and office buildings" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 11/13).
La Liga side Valencia has presented its revised plan for finishing work on its new Mestalla stadium, announcing a budget cut of €60M ($80.7M), according to FOOTBALL ESPANA. Valencia President Amadeo Salvo and the Valencia board have "worked to reduce the costs required to complete work on Los Che’s new ground, which has stalled in recent years amid growing debt." The club on Wednesday announced "where those cuts have taken place, with some adjustments to the originally planned stadium, resulting in the budget significantly dropping." The project's chief architect, Mark Fenwick, said that to date, €98M ($132M) has been spent and "the initial budget to finish it" was €160M ($215M). Fenwick estimated that "it will take about" €90M ($121M) to finish the project. The revised plan "sees the capacity dropped from 75,000 to 652,000, the number of parking spaces under the stadium also reduced, the roof redesigned and interior spaces such as VIP boxes left incomplete until sold." Salvo said, "Since the arrival of this board, we have worked hard to carry out one of the great goals of the fans, which is to see the completion of the Nou Mestalla. Our goal is to find solutions and seek investors for an objective that the future of Valencia depends on at all levels -- sporting, social, institutional, economic. ... The fans and Valencia will have a five star stadium, suited to current realities, but that will be the pride of all of us" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 11/13). In Madrid, Manu Gimeno reported the "project is now moving down two paths." On one hand, "it is looking to increase revenue, and on the other, to establish a business plan to allow use of the stadium 365 days per year." In reducing the budget, "the amount of parking spaces will drop from 3,450 to 225 during the first phase." The stadium's roof will also now "cover only 75% of spectators instead of 100%" (EL MUNDO, 11/13).