Construction Firm Ghemlanco Proposes Redesign, Added Investment For Eurostadium
Construction consortium Ghemlanco proposed a new design and extra funding for the Eurostadium in Brussels in a "last-minute effort to push ahead with the controversial project" for Euro 2020, according to Samindra Kunti of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. UEFA has given a deadline for "clarity on the stadium build" of Nov. 20. Ghemlanco redesigned the stadium "to allow for a capacity reduction" from 60,000 to 40,000 after Euro 2020. It also promised to invest €30M-€40M ($35.4M-$47.2M) "to ensure good mobility around the stadium as the Brussels' ring road is Belgium's main traffic artery." In '14, UEFA selected Brussels as one of the 13 venues to host Euro 2020. The Belgian capital proposed the "Eurostadium," a "state-of-the-art all-seater stadium on the outskirts of the city," to replace the Heysel Stadium and stage its matches. The construction of the stadium has, however, faced "plenty of bureaucratic obstacles and delays." Belgian First Division A side Anderlecht, which was initially slated to play at the new venue, "reacted indifferently to the new plans." Club spokesperson David Steegen said, "We have not had official contact with Ghelamco for 18 months. So we can hardly take a stance" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 10/18).