David Espinar, presidential adviser at Real Valladolid, has revealed more details of the Spanish LaLiga football club’s plans to expand the Estadio José Zorrilla and its wider sports city project.
Earlier this month, Valladolid City Council approved a new concession deal with the club that will see the redevelopment of the José Zorrilla in three phases. The deal will see Real pay €224,563 (£198,031/$245,190) per year to be the anchor tenant of the city-owned stadium for 50 years.
Espinar has now revealed that around €40m will be spent on improving the stadium itself. The stadium is set for a new roof that will cover three of the stands, while a new façade will be 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.
The first stage of the project will be the expansion of the sports city adjacent to the José Zorrilla. This stage, which is expected to take a maximum of two years to complete, will see the addition of two new training fields, plus a 2,000-capacity mini stadium.
Espinar said that work on the sports city project is ongoing, with the club welcoming proposals from companies that wish to sponsor the complex.
In 2018, Brazilian football legend Ronaldo became the new majority owner of Real, which was founded in 1928.