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New Feyenoord Stadium moves a step closer

Dutch football club Feyenoord can push ahead with the planning and development of a new stadium after a masterplan was approved by Rotterdam City Council.

The city council has given its backing to architect OMA’s masterplan for Feyenoord City, including the New Feyenoord Stadium on the river Maas.

The municipality will contribute to the major city development project through the purchase and lease of land, shares in the new stadium and financing part of the planned infrastructure interventions.

The project will now proceed with the detailed design of the masterplan and the design development of phase 1 which includes the new stadium, four residential towers, a hotel and the development of the Northern part of the Strip.

The new stadium is expected to open during the 2022-2023 football season.

The Feyenoord City concept masterplan has been developed by OMA in collaboration with Feyenoord football club, project team Feyenoord City and the municipality of Rotterdam over the past one-and-a-half years.

Different from previous plans for a new or renovated stadium, OMA’s masterplan proposes a Sports City, in which a new 63,000-seat stadium functions as a catalyst for the further development of Rotterdam Zuid, a part of the city that is in need of rejuvenation and economic injection.

Feyenoord’s current stadium De Kuip, a municipal monument built in 1937, is to be redeveloped with respect to historical features into apartments, a sports experience, commercial space, an athletics sports centre and a public square.

The area surrounding the stadium, Kuip Park, will offer green space for sport and leisure activities as well as residential units.

The Strip, an elevated three dimensional pedestrian walkway, will connect the old stadium with the new stadium and include new public and commercial spaces, as well as large parking facilities.

Located between the river Maas, the railway and the highway, the stadium is visible from the city centre and accessible from the ring road. Additionally a new promenade for slow traffic, the Urban Bridge, will connect Feyenoord City to the surrounding neighbourhoods.

In total, the programme for Feyenoord City consists of 180,000m2 of housing; 64,000m2 of commercial space including a new cinema, restaurants, hotels, and shops; and 83.000m2 public programme including the sports experience centre and urban sports fields.

The new infrastructure and stadium development is accompanied by an extensive social programme with sports at its core.

Feyenoord will set up a new multi-sports club for the residents of Rotterdam Zuid, and cooperate with the surrounding neighbourhoods to encourage sports participation.

David Gianotten, OMA’s partner-in-charge of Feyenoord City said:

OMA is happy that Rotterdam has decided to go forward with the development of the first real sport city of Northern Europe, which will have a major impact on the South of Rotterdam and the rest of the city. I’m also delighted that we can maintain the legacy of Feyenoord and De Kuip whilst establishing a new stadium and amenities for the future of the club in Dutch and European soccer.