|Target capacity||13 400|
|Capacity before works||11 020|
|Category||Construction in progress|
|Cost||€ 25 million|
|Address||Zuiderlaan 14, 8790 Waregem, Belgium|
Soon after the 2013/14 season ended, renovation works began in Belgian Waregem. Priority was given to adjustments upgrading the stadium to UEFA requirements, but construction of a brand new south end began shortly afterwards. The stand has one corner filled in the east, while western one will remain open, forming gate of sort.
With very simple prefab structure the stand was ready for opening in November 2014. Following delivery another phase will begin, bringing a similar stand to the north end, this time with both corners filled. Once this part is complete in the summer (2015), the bowl will already be nearly enclosed.
To fully convert the stadium also both existing stands along the field will be revamped, though not that significantly. With partial reconfiguration of the seating rows, entries and staircases the structure will become more uniform despite having different size on each side of the field. The east stand will be done in 2016, while western side in 2017.
Together the rethought stands will hold 13,000 people (all seated) or 13,400 (with 1,400 standing), depending on what kind of game is played – European or domestic. Both numbers include 200 places for wheelchair users, 900-capacity away section and 26 skyboxes.
The project worth an estimated €25 million also includes a new external envelope designed by Goedefroo+Goedefroo Architecten. While the stands are almost rectangular, from the outside the stadium will seem oval, hiding additional infrastructure behind an openwork wrap. There’s room planned for offices (2,115sqm), banqueting hall (1,200sqm), commercial space (855sqm) and restaurant (590sqm). A new club store, fitness centre and bowling alley are also planned.
Belgium: Progress in Waregem to get noticeable soon
Preparatory works were launched in October and by now the site is clear, ready for actual construction of the north grandstand. Zulte Waregem should open it by mid-2016.
Belgium: Construction in Waregem to resume soon
By the end of October groundbreaking on the new north stand is expected. It will hold 3,000 people when terraced and 2,000 when seated, depending on tournament held.
Belgium: Second phase to begin in Waregem
One new grandstand is already standing, one more may be ready as soon as September after Zulte-Waregem were given green light from the municipality.