Argentine Primera División football club Newell’s Old Boys has presented plans for the complete redevelopment of its Estadio Marcelo Bielsa.
Newell’s had presented initial renovation plans in September focusing on installing LED lighting and remodelling corporate boxes at the stadium named after renowned coach Bielsa, who commenced both his playing and coaching career at the Rosario-based club.
However, Newell’s yesterday (Thursday) unveiled a four-stage plan, drawn up by architect and Newell’s fan Mario Corea, which will ultimately aim to expand the stadium to a capacity of 65,000 within four years.
The Estadio Marcelo Bielsa first opened in 1911 and underwent a major renovation in 1997, taking it to a current capacity of 42,000.
Among the main elements of the new project is the installation of a circular roof structure covering all stands. A second tier is planned for the north stand, while four floors of corporate boxes will be installed in the east stand. A video promoting the project also showcases two giant video screens inside the stadium bowl.
The project is expected to run beyond the tenure of Newell’s current leadership group, with the foundations instead being set for future executives to take on the venture.