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King Baudouin Stadium

European Cup Final venue- 1958, 1966, 1974, 1985
UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final venue - 1964, 1976, 1980, 1996
UEFA Euro 1972 Final Venue


 

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It's the most ugly stadium in the world. I still can't believe the city of Brussels, agreed to build this stadium.
Now there are rumours to build a new one on the same place, with retractable seats like the Stade de France. The other rumour is to build a new stadium somewhere in Brussels and would be only football use stadium for the national team and RSC Anderlecht.
 

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No offence, but I have been thinking about a renovation to the Baudouin Stadium. I would demolish the stand covered by a white roof, extend the green roofed stand over the space occupied by the old stand, and then install the facade all around the stadium, although I would have to extend the upper tier of the stadium as well.
 

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Brussels has been proposed as a candidate host city for the Euro 2020 football tournament. A new national stadium is proposed to replace the King Baudouin Stadium, with a capacity of around 60,000 and an athletics track which will be covered during football matches. If new stadium is finished, King Baudouin stadium may be demolished and its land put to other uses.
 

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Nice stadium, bloody history
 

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Instead of Eurostadion, the construction group wants to renovate and pay for the King Baudouin stadium

Now that Belgium misses the European Championship 2020 and the Eurostadion does not seem to be there, we are called again to renovate the King Baudouin Stadium. Bouwgroep Besix, since last month a big sponsor of the football association, is a candidate for this.

"We have already made a proposal for a facelift to the city of Brussels," says Johan Beerlandt, chairman of the group. "We are going for 50,000 places, net 45,000, with lockers and retention, for the Memorial. They like our plan at the Football Association, because they want a UEFA-compliant stadium for the Nations League. If everything goes well, the works can be finished by the end of 2019. "The question is: who will pay that? "We ourselves. It can be less than 200 million euros and we can finance it 100 percent. Then to exploit the stadium. "

For the time being, however, there is no support from the city of Brussels and the Brussels Region, which lost 1.25 million euros in the European Championship application. They still hope at the Eurostadion at Parking C, if necessary with a new file. Although Besix, like the competitor, wanted to build Ghelamco there at the time, it now only wants to work with the King Baudouin Stadium. "And our renovation is compatible with the Neo project at the Heysel, where we are involved. Unibail, our construction partner for Neo, is also positive. We therefore continue to work towards this."
www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20171213_03242049
 

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^^ If that proposal is going to succeed it will ruin the chances for Anderlecht. Unless they would like to play in a stadium with an athletics track which like the proposed Eurostadion they would not own....
 

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^^ Such a plan for less than 200 million Euros seems highly unlikely.
 

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Brussels’s King Baudouin Stadium could be remodelled to become a 40,000 all-seater ‘Golden Generation Arena’ by 2022 in plans backed by the Belgian FA (KBVB). The Belgian capital had been chosen to stage Euro 2020 matches, but the proposed ‘Eurostadium’ never got beyond the planning stages.

On Tuesday the Belgian FA and sports event agency Golazo backed plans to refurbish the old Heysel Stadium (also known as the King Badouin), which hosts Belgium’s home internationals and an annual Diamond League athletics meeting. The previous ‘Eurostadium’ plans had foundered as administrative procedures delayed and eventually killed off construction.

“We will reduce the impact on the environment,” said KBVB CEO Peter Bossaert. “The stadium will have a smaller capacity. We aim for 40,000 places, which will improve mobility and quality of life.”

“If you see our infrastructure: the toilets, changing rooms, seats… the condition of the stadium is – I can say – lamentable. The capacity is now at 42,000 – we have no problem going back to 40,000 places. We have – this time it is really true – support from all political parties. We need to use this momentum to start this renovation. “

The KBVB is banking on public financing in the range of €150-200 million for the stadium’s wide-ranging facelift.
www.insideworldfootball.com/2019/03/20/troubled-brussels-stadium-last-wins-support-e150m-refurb/
 

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^^ Still a lot of questions which need answering. But maybe this time they can pull it off?
 
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