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Montpellier pushes ahead with new stadium

French Ligue 1 football club Montpellier has revealed plans for a new €150 million, 30,000-seat stadium.

The stadium is being developed as part of wider project in the Cambaceres district of the southern French city.

An arena is also being built on the site and it will host the city’s handball and basketball clubs.

Work on the new venue is expected to begin in June 2019, with completion slated for the start of the 2022/23 season.

Laurent Nicollin, Montpellier president, said:

We are proud to participate in and invest in such a great project, and it is certain that this site will give us the desire and the will to remain in the top ten, and to participate in European competition.

The stadium will be named after Louis Nicollin, Montpellier’s former president who died last year.

Montpellier currently play at Stade de la Mosson which has a capacity of 32,900.

Formerly a 16,000-seater stadium, it was entirely rebuilt in 1998 to host six games during the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

It was also used as a venue for group stage matches in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

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