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FC Nantes stadium plans put on hold

FC Nantes’ plans for a new stadium have been put on hold while a fraud investigation is carried out into the French Ligue 1 club’s owner.

Local authorities in France halted Nantes’ plans to build a new stadium next door to their current publicly-owned ground following the launch of the probe.

France’s finance prosecutor announced on February 20 that they had opened the investigation into Waldemar Kita, AFPreported.

In December the Nantes’ metropolitan government had decided to sell a nine-hectare plot next to the Stade de la Beaujoireto Nantes, where Kita took charge in 2007.

Images of the planned new 40,000 capacity YelloPark Stadium, designed by Atelier Tom Sheehan & Partenaires (ATSP)and HKS, were unveiled last year.

The new stadium is set to include a fixed and a retractable roof to improve comfort and optimise the carbon footprint. It would also include:

40,000 seats

125m diameter oculus

37m of free height above pitch

10 main entrances

1 giant 360° screen

a 1,000m2 museum

7,000 Kop seats in the same area

150 media seats

150 conference room seats

600m2 shop

25,500m2 fixed roof

12,000m2 retractable roof

©Photo credit: HKS/ATSP