Romanian Liga I football club FC Arges has detailed plans for a new €100m (£88.5m/$97.6m) stadium that will replace its current home, the Stadionul Nicolae Dobrin.
The new stadium will have 15,200 seats and be a UEFA Category 4 venue, enabling it to host international matches. Pitesti-based FC Arges’ current stadium, which opened in 1964, has a capacity of 15,000.
Plans for the new stadium include solar panels, electric car charging stations, 14 boxes, a multi-purpose room for other sports departments, and around 550 parking spaces. The complex will span over 70,000 square metres, with junior pitches to be located behind the stadium.
FC Arges said that the majority of the funding for the project will come from Romania’s Compania Nationala de Investitii, with any remaining expenses to be covered by local authorities.
Cristian Gentea, the Mayor of Pitesti, said that the new stadium will take two years to build following the demolition of the Stadionul Nicolae Dobrin. Gentea is hopeful that FC Arges will be playing in a European competition by the time the new stadium is built.
FC Arges finished fourth in the regular-season table last season but failed to qualify for Europe following a disappointing play-off campaign.