PROPROJEKT, a consultancy service for the construction sector, has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study for the redevelopment of Max-Morlock-Stadion, home of German 2. Bundesliga football club FC Nürnberg.
The City of Nürnberg has commissioned the study, which will be carried out in the coming months. PROPROJEKT will work closely with the city and the club, with the findings set to be revealed next summer.
Max-Morlock-Stadion has a capacity of 50,000 and first opened in 1928. Plans were announced in January to explore a potential redevelopment of the stadium, which was last renovated 30 years ago.
The city said at the time that the stadium “no longer meets the needs and expectations” of people who use it, with an investment of up to €30m (£26.3m/$31m) expected over the next 10 to 15 years. The stadium was used as a host venue during the 2006 FIFA World Cup but will not be used during the 2024 UEFA European Championship in Germany.
PROPROJEKT has now been handed responsibility for the feasibility study, with Nürnberg Mayor Christian Vogel insisting that there are no “pre-determinations”.
He added: “Whether it’s financing, a career path or the development of the stadium environment – various ideas are now being put to the test and then we will have a basis on which decisions can be made and further steps can be taken.”
It is hoped that the study will present “realistic options” for the potential development of the stadium.
Niels Rossow, commercial director at FC Nürnberg, said: “We are very pleased that, after close, partnership-based cooperation with the City of Nürnberg, the feasibility study that is so extremely important to us has now been commissioned.
“We will continuously contribute to this open-ended collection of ideas and gather like-minded people behind a vision that will enhance the Nürnberg metropolitan region and the Max-Morlock-Platz location in the long term.”
PROPROJEKT’s project manager Immanuel Geis previously played a leading role in drawing up the development concept for Berlin’s Olympic Park.