French top-tier football club Nîmes Olympique has officially unveiled plans for its new 15,000-capacity stadium.
The Stade Nemausus will be built on the site of the club’s current home, Le Stade des Costières, which it bought just last month as part of its plans to demolish and build a new stadium.
Architectural firm Valode and Pistre, which designed Lille’s Pierre-Mauroy stadium, will develop the stadium, which is due to open in 2023 – two years after Costières is scheduled to be demolished.
Speaking at a press conference, Rani Assaf, the president of Nîmes, gave more details about how the stadium will be part of a larger real estate complex which will allow the club to generate around €10m in additional revenue each year.
Assaf confirmed the project will cost a little more than €200m excluding taxes, with the stadium costing €55m. He also said that naming rights would not be available.
“We will play at the Costières until 2021. We will come back to the new stadium in 2023,” Assaf said. “The club will be the sole beneficiary of the stadium, 365 days a year. It can generate revenue throughout the year. The aim is to earn €10m a year in revenues from it for Nîmes.”
The complex will include a residence for the elderly, another for students (800 homes in total), 20,000 m2 of offices and local shops. The complex will also feature an Accor hotel, a museum and a higher education academy.
A pedestrian square will offer bars and restaurants, with escalators leading spectators to a large terrace overlooking the stands.
“It’s quite unique because it gives you both the city and the stadium, so you go down to find your place, like in a theatre,” Assaf said.
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