The effort to develop a new stadium for Danish Superliga football club AGF Aarhus have taken a significant step forward after a report conducted by professional services company PwC identified four potential options.
AGF currently plays at Aarhus Idrætspark, which is comprised of a 19,400-capacity stadium (pictured) and an arena. PwC has outlined four proposals which will allow a stadium to be developed on the same site, with capacities ranging from 15,000 to 20,000 and costs to the municipality of between DKK69m (£8.2m/€9.2m/$10.5m) and DKK319m.
Danish sports website Tipsbladet said the city council will now decide whether to proceed with any of the four proposals. Bünyamin Simsek, a technology and environmental consultant for the council, said it is imperative that a new stadium is cost-effect for the municipality.
“It is important that we, with the report in hand, can say that we can create a number of new sports facilities and get a real football stadium without having to withdraw money from the municipal fund,” he said.
The Randers Amtsavis newspaper said this priority from the council means that the fourth proposal, a 15,000-capacity at the cheapest cost of DKK69m to the authority, is the favoured option. However, it will mean that the adjacent Jydsk Racecourse will need to be moved so that this land can be sold for housing in order to generate funds for the stadium project.
Simsek added: “The need for new toilets in schools, for example, is huge. The municipality cannot just go out and spend a lot of money for a new stadium. Therefore, it is important that the proposal can be realised without interfering with the municipal funds.”