Feyenoord last week presented its plans for a new stadium to the city of Rotterdam. Jan van Merwijk, Eric Gudde and Wim Voots handed in a 250-page plan with a request to the City Council to approve the building of a new 63,000 capacity stadium at Varkenoord.
General Manager Gudde said that the idea of leaving the De Kuip was really annoying but that further additions would add no further value. He summarised:
Many clubs with more modern stadiums are surpassing Feyenoord in terms of budget by the extra income which can be got from such a new stadium.
Stadium Director Jan van Merwijk spelt out the benefits:
This is the case on game days with higher attendances, better catering facilities and more opportunities for the business market. But this even more applies to the more than 330 days a year that there is no football. With a new stadium you can organise a lot more events such as concerts, family entertainment, conventions and exhibitions. That delivers both the club and the city much additional revenue and provides 200 full-time jobs.
The club is looking for help to refinance a EUR 165 million loan and to permit the use of land near its existing De Kuip stadium. Feyenoord’s timetable is a decision in the summer, construction start in 2016 for opening in 2018.