Plans for a new stadium for French Ligue 1 football club FC Nantes have been given the go-ahead by the local Metropolitan Council.

Fifty-three council members voted in favour of the plans, with 41 voting against and one abstention.

Nantes plans on building a 40,000-seat stadium next to its current home, the Stade de la Beaujoire. The €200m (£179m/$228m) project, which has been dubbed ‘YelloPark’, features a retractable roof and a giant 360-degree screen.

The council has also approved plans for the maintenance of the current Stade de la Beaujoire. It is hoped the new stadium will be open by 2023, although the sale of the land still requires council approval at a meeting next February.

FC Nantes president Waldemar Kita said: “The project is taking an important step today. With the whole team, we welcome this positive signal.

“We will continue our work to consolidate the technical and architectural aspect of the new stadium, and the financial package so that the state services can determine the price of the land and allow the elected metropolitan to make a final decision. We are confident in the outcome of our successful project for the club and the territory.”

For more information on the plans, check out our Project Profile on YelloPark from earlier in the year.

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