The Romanian city of Timișoara is set to receive a new 30,000-seat stadium for football and rugby union.

Local newspaper Ziua de Vest reported that the project is advancing with the allocation of RON700,000 (£134,000/€148,000/$163,000) by Timiş County Council to develop a feasibility study. The funding package from the council comes after it handed the Stadionul Dan Păltinișanu site over to the National Investment Company (CNI).

The CNI will develop the new stadium on the site of the existing venue, which opened in 1963 and is now deemed to be structurally unsafe. Stadionul Dan Păltinișanu (pictured) will be demolished and replaced by a new facility with covered stands that will meet the Category 4 standard of European football’s governing body UEFA.

This will make it suitable for top-tier domestic Liga I matches, as well as UEFA Champions League, European Championship and FIFA World Cup games. For rugby union, the new stadium will be able to host domestic SuperLiga games, as well as European and world-level competitions.

Călin Dobra, President of Timiş County Council, said: “We are facing an important moment for the new stadium. Shortly after assessing the site, CNI launched the tender for the necessary studies. The investment is moving very fast now. The company that will win the auction will have four-and-a-half months to hand over the documentation.”

Image: Валерий Дед