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Real Mallorca approved to remove athletics track at home stadium

LaLiga club Real Mallorca has been given the green light for a major redevelopment project at Visit Mallorca Estadi that will include the removal of the athletics track and installation of a new roof.

The club, currently 16th in Spain’s top-tier football league, has been given approval to make improvements by Palma City Council in tandem with the long-term extension of its lease to play at the 23,000-capacity arena.

The first phase of the stadium remodelling will begin at the end of the season with the removal of the athletics track, which will see the stands brought forward to just eight metres from the pitch.

A new roof will be installed above the Sol stand, which holds more than 6,500 spectators.

The first phase is to be completed before the start of the 2022-23 season, with changes to the North and South ends coming in phases two and three when a roof will cover all the stands.

The club will oversee the entire reformation of the stadium, which is set to be concluded in 2024.

RCD Mallorca moved to what was known as Estadi de Son Moix in 1999 under a 25-year lease agreed with the local authority. That has now been extended by a new 40-year lease that will run until 2064.

The stadium was originally built to stage the World University Games in 1999, with the athletics track causing the stands to be more than 40m from the pitch in some places.