The planned new stadium for Dutch Eredivisie club Feyenoord has taken another step forward with approval of the business case for the project.
The business case shows that Rotterdam-based Feyenoord will benefit by more than €7.5 million in the first season in the new stadium (2025-2026).
With the club agreeing to the business case, an important step has been taken towards the actual realisation of the new stadium, which forms an important part of the Feyenoord City development.
In the coming months, work will continue to green-light the outstanding two elements of the project – the last 15% of the financing and an agreement on the construction costs.
It is expected that the so-called financial close can take place in the fourth quarter of 2021, so that construction work can start in 2022. The new stadium will then open in 2025.
Architects OMA and LOLA last year submitted the refined design for the new Feyenoord Stadium.
The original design of the stadium has been optimised to ensure cost-effective delivery, while reinforcing its integrity as a vital iconic building within the Feyenoord City masterplan.
At a new location along the river Nieuwe Maas and a highly accessible transportation node, the stadium proposed by OMA, Feijenoord Stadium and the Feyenoord Football Club is a future-proof infrastructure for football and daily activities in the surrounding communities. OMA said the stadium is an ensemble of essential elements—including the stand, circulation cores, the structure, and functional spaces—each of which have been designed to maximise performance.
Specifically, the three-tier stand increases the stadium’s capacity to 63,000, while placing spectators as close to the field as possible for an intimate match experience.
The bowl-shaped steel structure—a diagrid that requires less structural steel than a conventional steel frame—is the primary structure supporting the stand and its roof.
All the stadium’s elements have been assembled to form a building that is more than the sum of its parts: logical and functional as De Kuip—the football club’s home for eight decades—and offering one of the best sightlines among stadiums of this scale, the new venue is a truly open stadium with a public concourse on the main entry level.
Designed in close collaboration with LOLA, the concourse is the heart of the public space. The landscape concept consists of strong access points from both sides of the city and reinforcement of the continuous river bank, including a tidal park and urban connection with the ring road.
On match days, crowds will gather at the concourse before entering the stadium, while the concourse design will also distribute several slow traffic routes along the water and into the surrounding neighbourhoods.
The concourse acts as a raised square: a place to enjoy the view and many activities all year round, both during event days and non-match days.
The new stadium is part of the Feyenoord City masterplan, developed by OMA and LOLA, in collaboration with developer Stichting Gebiedsontwikkeling aan de Maas, the Municipality of Rotterdam, Stadium Feijenoord, and multiple other stakeholders.