Dutch Eredivisie football club Feyenoord has taken a step closer to finalising plans for a new stadium after the city council of Rotterdam gave its approval to the project.

The ‘Feyenoord City’ initiative includes a new 63,000-capacity home for the team and other amenities such as apartments, commercial space and additional sports facilities.

The development will be located in the Rotterdam-Zuid area of the city on the River Maas, a location that project leader OMA said is in need of “rejuvenation and economic injection.”

The proposed initiative will now progress to phase one of design development, which includes the stadium. Feyenoord hopes to begin playing home games at the new venue by the 2022-2023 season.

David Gianotten, 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.”