Plans have been presented to revamp the Estádio Vila Belmiro, home of Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A football club Santos, as part of a project that would cost R$230m (£49m/€54m/$61m).

The Globo Esporte website reports that the plans were presented by architect Artur Katchborian, with the project having been dubbed a “retrofit” by the club.

The project would increase the capacity of the stadium from 16,000 to between 18,000 and 20,000. The plans still require official presentation to the club’s advisors, who will ultimately decide on whether or not to proceed with the project.

The stadium’s changing rooms would also be relocated, while its surrounding area would benefit from a revamp.

Katchborian said: “The project is much broader than simply a stadium fit project. When we were invited to work on the project, we arrived and made a proposal that is to establish a masterplan that involves, among other things, an (assessment) of Vila Belmiro.”

The presentation was attended by Santos president José Carlos Peres, who stressed that the plans were still at an early stage.

“Today is just a debate about the Vila,” he said, according to Maquina do Esporte. “This is a pre-project that may change. In this debate we will make a full presentation and we will open the discussion thinking about the good of Santos FC.”

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