Design & Development

Plans presented for revamped Rosaleda

Featured image credit: Ayuntamiento de Málaga

The Malaga City Council, the Malaga Provincial Council and the Regional Government of Andalucía have detailed plans for a reimagined La Rosaleda as the stadium looks to be included in Spain’s joint bid with Portugal and Morocco to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

The three bodies are the joint owners of the stadium, which serves as the home of Segunda División club Málaga CF. Plans to redevelop the stadium were presented by architecture firm Morph last week.

According to reports, the revamp of the stadium would cost more than €70m (£61.5m/$76.2m).

La Rosaleda has a current capacity of 30,044 and the redeveloped stadium would hold up to 45,000 fans. The new venue would feature covered stands, an underground car park, and new green spaces.

An expansion of the stadium’s capacity would require a new grandstand to be built on the existing structures, which would need a new circulation flow system to make access viable.

It is hoped the new stadium would become a year-round destination. An exclusive space, entitled Málaga X, has been proposed to host sports, leisure and recreation events.

Last month, King Mohammed VI of Morocco announced that his country had joined Spain and Portugal’s bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

The RFEF in July revealed a shortlist of 15 Spanish venues that are seeking to stage matches during the 2030 World Cup. At the time it was stated that 11 venues in Spain will ultimately be used if the joint bid is successful. A further three stadiums will be used in Portugal.

The other Spanish stadiums shortlisted are El Molinón (Gijón), Balaídos (Vigo), Riazor (La Coruña), San Mamés (Bilbao), Anoeta (San Sebastián), La Romareda (Zaragoza), Camp Nou (Barcelona), RCDE Stadium (Cornellá-El Prat), Santiago Bernabéu and Wanda Metropolitano (both Madrid), Nuevo Mestalla (Valencia), Nueva Condomina (Murcia), La Cartuja (Sevilla-Santiponce), and Gran Canaria (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).