SC Cambuur has hailed a “special milestone” for the future of the Dutch Eredivisie football club after contracts were signed for the development of its new stadium.
The Leeuwarden-based club has signed the deal alongside construction partner Van Wijnen, the Municipality of Leeuwarden and ROC Friese Poort. The latter entity, an education company, will rent a 7,500-square-metre space within the stadium to house a new school building.
All documents for the project’s environmental permit have also been submitted, with yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) announcement coming after Cambuur in October revised plans for its new stadium as it sought to address rising construction costs.
The club has played at the 10,500-capacity Cambuurstadion since 1936, but is seeking to develop the new 15,000-capacity Cambuur Stadion. The main design change, in an effort to shave €2.8m (£2.35m/$3.08m) from the budget, has been to forgo an all-encompassing roof in favour of each grandstand receiving its own separate roof.
Ard de Graaf, general manager of SC Cambuur, said yesterday: “This is again good news and an important next step in the process. We are counting down and can’t wait to move into the new Cambuur Stadion together with ROC Friese Poort.”
Hein de Haan, Alderman for Area Development of the Municipality of Leeuwarden, added: “The area development… with the new Cambuur stadium has a long history. Many people and parties have worked on it with all their might and sometimes with blood, sweat and tears.
“By granting the permit and signing the contracts, the Municipality is taking the final steps necessary for the development. I am proudly looking forward to a new home for Cambuur in this location.”
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