Valladolid City Council has approved a new concession deal with Real Valladolid that will see redevelopment of the Spanish LaLiga football club’s Estadio José Zorrilla, along with expansion of its sports city project.
The agreement, according to local newspaper El Día de Valladolid, will see the José Zorrilla revamped in three phases. Real will pay €224,563 (£198,468/$239,351) per year to be the anchor tenant of the city-owned stadium for 50 years, on the basis of a required investment of €48.7m in the redevelopment work.
The first stage will be the expansion of the sports city adjacent to the stadium. The ‘Estadio Pucela’ vision will see the addition of two new training fields, plus a 2,000-capacity mini stadium. This is expected to take a maximum of two years to complete.
The stadium will be expanded, with a new roof covering three of the stands installed and a new façade introduced. A new upper south stand will be developed, housing around 4,500 fans. This is expected to bring capacity at the José Zorrilla up to between 30,000 and 32,000. The stadium currently houses just shy of 28,000 fans.
Councillor for Sport, Alberto Bustos, said: “We bring certainty and it is very clear what is committed to and the project that is going to be developed; which is absolutely transparent and of course 100% legal, far removed from other pharaonic projects, such as the Valladolid Arena.
“It also has an impact on the club, sport and the city as a whole. It is an integral development of the area that comes to ‘sew’ the rest of Valladolid with the stadium. They all benefit.”
The latest news comes after Real was said to have reached a stadium expansion agreement in principle with the city council in February 2019. That announcement followed a meeting between then Valladolid Mayor Óscar Puente, club president Ronaldo and chief executive Carlos Suárez.
Brazilian football legend Ronaldo became the new majority owner of Real, which was founded in 1928, in 2018.