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Fresh designs of new Feyenoord stadium revealed

Architecture firms OMA and LOLA have revealed refined plans for a proposed new stadium for Dutch Eredivisie football club Feyenoord, with the new designs having been submitted this month.

The final design for the new 63,000-seat stadium was delivered on June 1 and a final decision on the project is expected later in the summer. An application for an environmental permit for the stadium was recently submitted.

OMA and LOLA said that the original design of the stadium has been optimised to ensure it is delivered both on time and in a cost-effective manner. Last December, it emerged that the project had been hit by fresh delays, with officials stating that it is not expected to be completed until the summer of 2025. The latest development provides a boost to the Rotterdam-based club’s plans.

The €444m (£402m/$500m) stadium will form part of the wider Feyenoord City development in the southern part of Rotterdam. Officials had originally targeted beginning construction in mid-2020 and an opening in the summer of 2023.

Officials behind Feyenoord City submitted the masterplan for the scheme to the city council last October and more images of the stadium have now been released.

OMA and LOLA said the stadium, which will feature a three-tier stand, is an “ensemble of essential elements”. The stadium will feature a bowl-shaped steel structure, with the venue’s public concourse to create a more open feel for fans.

OMA and LOLA are working on the Feyenoord City masterplan together with Stichting Gebiedsontwikkeling aan de Maas, the Municipality of Rotterdam, Stadium Feijenoord and multiple other stakeholders. OMA has submitted the building permit and finalised detailed design for the stadium this summer and it is hoped construction work can begin in 2022.

Feyenoord currently plays at De Kuip, which has a capacity of 51,000.

Image: Feyenoord City/OMA/LOLA