Spanish Segunda Division football club Real Zaragoza has scrapped plans to spearhead a proposed €140m (£122m/$153m) redevelopment of the Estadio La Romareda – for the time being at least.
The project, first unveiled in May, would have increased the stadium’s capacity to 42,500, with the club hoping that the venue will be included in Spain’s joint bid with Portugal to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
However, the project may still be rekindled by the local authority.
Zaragoza City Council owns La Romareda and has been holding a public tender process for the redevelopment of the stadium. Local reports suggest that the City Council, which supports the development, will now explore a public-private partnership for the stadium project.
“Real Zaragoza has finally been forced to desist from submitting an offer to the tender called by the City Council to build and finance the new football stadium in exchange for its management,” Zaragoza stated.
The challenge filed by Podemos in Aragon’s Administrative Court of Public Contracts “has created an obstacle that has finally been insurmountable”, the club stated. “Not even the precautionary measures adopted later by the High Court of Justice of Aragon, which endorsed the procedure in the initial terms, have allowed to overcome this obstacle.”