Spanish football club Racing Santander has outlined plans for a €4.5m remodelling of its Campos de Sport de El Sardinero stadium.
The Segunda División club has given few details of the project, but confirmed that the work will be led by MolcaWorld, which has previously worked on more than 20 football stadium projects, including the redevelopment of Mexico City’s iconic Azteca Stadium and work at Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
Fran Carrasco, chief executive of MolcaWorld, said its stadium development projects focus on revitalisation of a club’s brand, commercial revaluation, fan experience enhancement and motivation for the team. The project, which will be financed over the next four years by the club and Santander City Council, will also put a focus on sustainability at the stadium, which currently has a capacity of 22,000.
The most notable aspect of the initial plans is a striking vertical garden for the outer walls of the stadium. The Racing badge and the name of the stadium will also be added to its main façade.
After presenting to club members, Carrasco said: “It is a sketch, it is not definitive. It is a starting point in which Racing’s commitment to sustainability stands out. The club is very committed to it and that is why vertical gardens are included in the façade. Outwardly, the architecture allows the ‘ribs’ of the stadium to look green.”
Racing president Alfredo Pérez said: “MolcaWorld are the best professionals in the sector. We have hired them to ensure the best result.”
Racing Santander, which dates back to 1913, was one of LaLiga’s 10 founding member clubs in 1928-29. Campos de Sport de El Sardinero has served as the home ground of Racing since its inauguration in 1988, after replacing the old Estadio El Sardinero.