Bruges could boast two new football stadia by around 2024 if proposals submitted by the city council come to fruition.
Jan Breydel Stadium currently plays host to the Belgian city’s two top-flight football clubs, Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge.
But the 44-year-old venue is no longer fit for purpose and plans are being drawn up to build a new 40-000 seat stadium next to the Jan Breydel Stadium for Club Brugge, and a smaller 12,000 seat stadium for Cercle Brugge in the north of the city. The existing venue would be demolished.
The city council said that over the past few months it has worked around the clock to find a solution to the stadium projects in the City of Bruges. The council said in a statement:
Intensive meetings with both football teams have led to a proposal meeting the ambitions and needs of both teams.
In order to replace a highly aged Jan Breydel Stadium – the Stadium is 44 years old and no longer meets comtemporary quality standards, despite frequent investments and safety measures – the City of Bruges intends to realise two new football stadiums in two different locations.
This offers the people living around the Olympia site the advantage of a substantial impact decrease on match days, with one of the teams leaving the site.
The advantage of building on the current Olympia site where the Jan Breydel Stadium stands, is that the land already belongs to the city.
Club Brugge will now organise an environmental impact study to investigate the plans.
Both Cercle Brugge and Club Brugge would also be able to set up training facilities at the Blankenbergse Steenweg site.
Image: Jan Breydel Stadium