Spanish LaLiga football club Getafe has presented plans for a significant redevelopment of its Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.
Getafe president, Ángel Torres, made the announcement at a presentation yesterday (Tuesday), stating that the project will be presented to Getafe City Council in September or October, with a view towards work beginning on the north end of the stadium in March or April next year.
The project sets out to raise capacity at the Coliseum by 3,000 seats from the current figure of around 16,500. A roof is set to be installed across all stands, with only one currently affording coverage from the elements.
A 2,000-seat mini stadium will be developed at the club’s Ciudad Deportiva, with Torres also stating that it will pursue a naming rights deal for the new-look venue.
Stating that Getafe aims to provide a true LaLiga-standard stadium, Torres said: “We will have to put up with discomfort because we will continue to play here (during the work). The stadium is going to be more enclosed so that the fans are closer to the footballers.
“Work will begin in September on the Ciudad Deportiva with a stadium for 2,000 seats. And the terms that they give us to reform the Coliseum are 27 months. My objective is to rebuild the stadium, finish it, change its name and have someone else come in to develop it further.”
Getafe finished 15th in LaLiga last season. Premium experiences company Legends in January signed a 15-year strategic partnership with the club to maximise its commercial offering and enhance the fan experience.
As part of the deal, Getafe is using Legends’ service platform to support stadium planning and project management, premium hospitality sales, sponsorships, food and beverage operations, and technology solutions.
The initial phase of the partnership is focusing on planning and management to transform and modernise the experience at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. Legends’ team will conduct an in-depth market and feasibility study to guide a recommended approach for the stadium.
The deal was signed after Getafe in October reached an agreement with Getafe City Council to operate the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez for the next 40 years, with an option to extend the deal for a further 10 years.
The club is now responsible for maintaining the Coliseum and carrying out renovations at the facility. The agreement also opened up the possibility of a naming-rights sponsor for the stadium, providing that the ‘Coliseum’ moniker is retained in some way.