Austrian Bundesliga football club Austria Lustenau has been given the green light to build a new stadium, with construction set to begin in November 2023.
The stadium will cost €18m (£15.4m/$18.9m) to build and will have a total capacity of 5,500, with 3,500 seats. The venue will be owned by the town, and approval for the project has been granted by the Vorarlberg state administrative court.
The new stadium will replace the Reichsofstadion, which has a capacity of 8,000 but does not meet the criteria of the top-tier Bundesliga. Austria Lustenau was promoted to the Bundesliga last season, ending a 22-year absence from the top flight.
The new stadium has been designed by architects Bernardo Bader and Walter Angonese. It is hoped the project will be completed in 2024.
Club chief executive Bernd Bösch said: “We had to wait a long time, now the time has finally come. With the legally binding building permit for the new Reichshofstadion, the next important steps in the construction process can now be started.
“We are overjoyed that the building permit is now available. A lot of talks and negotiations were necessary to finally get the project over this hurdle.”
Approval was delayed after a number of complaints and objections were lodged by local residents. A neighbouring family recently withdrew its objection to the building permit in the first instance, with the relevant complaints procedure subsequently discontinued.
A tender process will now be launched for the first construction phase of the new stadium. Other organisational issues such as the flow of spectators will also be discussed before construction can begin.