Campeonato Brasileiro Série A football club Red Bull Bragantino is set for a temporary stay at the Estádio Municipal while renovation works are carried out at the Estádio Nabi Abi Chebid.
The club is set to invest more than R$22m (£3.6m/€4.2m/$4.6m) into the Estádio Municipal to enable the venue to host its matches. Investments will be made in a new lighting system, playing field, drainage and irrigation, toilets and cafeterias.
The stadium’s south stand will also be renovated, while Red Bull Bragantino will also pay for a renovation of the venue’s athletics track. Other improvements will include the installation of a new playground.
The City Hall of Bragança Paulista has approved Red Bull Bragantino’s use of the Estádio Municipal on a temporary basis. The club is set to play at the stadium for a period of three-and-a-half years, which could be extended by a further six months if necessary.
Renovation of the Estádio Municipal is expected to take six to seven months. If the city council approves the deal later this year, Red Bull Bragantino could move into the renovated stadium in February 2024. The stadium will have a capacity of around 10,000.
The club’s current stadium, Estádio Nabi Abi Chedid (pictured), has a capacity of 17,700 and is set to undergo a major renovation, with the work to begin midway through the 2024 season.
Amauri Sodré, Mayor of Braganca Paulista, said: “There is no doubt that the temporary concession of use will reach the social interest and will benefit the entire Bragantine population, providing improvements for the practice of sports and leisure.
“We started conversations with our then Mayor Jesus Chedid, who had a history with Bragantino and always had a great affection for the club. I am sure that we can only gain from this partnership.”