Costa Rican champions reveal plans for new stadium

Costa Rican football champion Liga Deportiva Alajuelense has unveiled plans for a new $30m stadium.

The new arena, which would have a capacity of between 22,000 and 24,000, would be located on a nine-hectare plot adjacent to club’s current training complex.

If green-lit, ground-breaking on the stadium would begin in January 2023 with an estimated completion date of December 2024.

Proposals for the stadium will be put to a vote among the club’s members early next month. Before then, a series of meetings concerning designs and finances will take place. If there is an approval, the details in the design will be finalised, as well as the processing of the construction permits, which would begin in July 2021 and will last until December 2022.

Alajuelense currently plays at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in downtown Alajuela, which has also hosted national team games. The current venue seats about 18,000 and opened in 1942.

Discussions as to the club’s future home have been ongoing since 2018. A commission investigated redevelopment of its current stadium but instead recommended a new arena. The suggested plot in the Turrúcares district was selected due to its cost, transport links and proximity to fans and the club’s existing facilities.