|Cost||350 mln € (390.5 mln $)|
|Design||Reid Fenwick Asociados, Arup Sport|
|Contractor||Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, Grupo Bertolín|
Nou Mestalla – construction description
When was the decision made to build a new stadium for Valencia CF?
In the 2005/2006 season, Valencia CF officials decided to build a new stadium for the club to replace the current Estadio Mestalla. A keen promoter of the creation of the new facility was the club's president at the time, Juan Bautista Soler. The decision to build a new stadium was preceded by the team' outstanding results at the turn of the century, including two Spanish championships (in 2002 and 2004), reaching the final of the Champions League twice (2000, 2001) and winning the UEFA Cup and European Super Cup in 2004.
The design of the new facility was prepared by studios Fenwick Iribarren and Arup. The concept was officially presented to the public on November 10, 2006. The new stadium would have three-tier, covered stands for 73,200 spectators and have an interesting form with a striking façade. It would be the third-largest stadium in Spain (after Camp Nou and Estadio Santiago Bernabéu), also ranking among the top in Europe.
When did the construction of the new Valencia stadium begin?
A former factory site was chosen as the location, in the Benicalap area, about 4 km north-west of the club's current stadium. The construction cost was estimated at €344 million and was to be covered entirely by the club (the funds were to come from loans and the planned sale of the Estadio Mestalla for development purposes). Construction of the stadium began on August 1, 2007 and the new arena was due to open in the 2009/10 season, with the consortium of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas and Grupo Bertolín as the main contractor.
What problems occurred during the construction of the Nou Mestalla?
On May 26, 2008, an unfortunate accident occurred on the construction site. Four workers were killed as a result of a scaffolding collapse. At noon on May 28, their memory was honoured with five minutes of silence throughout the Valencia Autonomous Community.
After construction began, Valencia CF ran into considerable money problems. On top of this, the financial crisis began, making it impossible to sell the property at the previously assumed prices. As a result, the club was forced to halt construction of the new stadium in February 2009. By this time, the reinforced concrete structure of the stands had already been built.
What measures have been taken to resume construction of the Nou Mestalla?
The club has not abandoned its efforts to complete the stadium. In December 2011, a partnership with Banquia was announced to guarantee funding to complete the work. However, Banquia's problems meant that the agreement was cancelled in September 2012 and work did not resume.
In 2013, a new, slimmed-down concept for the new stadium was presented, which would reduce the costs of completing the construction. The facade was simplified, the roof was reduced in size and the capacity dropped to 61,500 spectators. In 2014, Singaporean businessman Peter Lim became the club's new owner and announced that the new stadium would be completed by 2019, in time for Valencia CF's centenary. However, work did not resume, even after an even more skimmed vision of the new facility was presented in 2017.
In 2019, a partnership was established with the ADU Mediterráneo cooperative to ensure that the required revenue was generated from the sale of the land on which the Estadio Mestalla stood. However, due to the failure to provide adequate guarantees in time, this cooperation was abandoned.
What are the latest arrangements for the completion of the Valencia stadium?
In 2021, the LaLiga authorities signed an agreement with the CVC Capital Partners fund to provide additional financing for the clubs. This created another opportunity for Valencia CF to complete the construction that had been suspended since 2009. Another architectural concept was presented in June 2022. The venue's exterior is to be finished with an airy, terraced facade, while the tiered roof will be covered from above with photovoltaic panels, creating the largest canopy of its kind in Europe.
Spain: When will a new stadium for Valencia be completed?
There has been talk of the Nou Mestalla for more than 15 years, and the outline of the stadium has even been established. Can we expect progress on the construction site? What could speed up the process of adding more components to the facility?
Spain: Valencia CF unveils renderings of Nou Mestalla
Six-time La Liga champions Valencia CF has released updated plans for their Nou Mestalla stadium. The capacity of the future venue has also been made public. It will reach 49,000, but the facility will be able to accommodate up to 70,000 fans due to the possibility of easy expansion.
Valencia: Works on Nou Mestalla to resume in October
Recently, the club's representatives met twice with the Generalitat Valenciana (various self-governing bodies of the Autonomous Community of Valencia) and once with the City Council. The meetings resulted in new arrangements regarding the future stadium.
Spain: Completion of Valencia's stadium again on the horizon
Nothing has happened at the Nou Mestalla construction site for 12 years. Unexpectedly, in August, an opportunity turned up to resume work thanks to funds guaranteed by the agreement with CVC Capital Partners.
mStadia Designers Cup 7: It’s time to end this story
Nothing can last forever… even the tale of the infamous Nou Mestalla. Well, unfortunately it’s not an announcement of construction works restart but! In the not so far future we’ll show you here some alternative endings of this story...
Spain: Nou Mestalla in 2026? Valencia could pay for delays
By the end of August, accumulated fines could reach €12.4 million. Valencia CF doesn’t want to pay and could fight the ruling. The club instead offers to complete the unfinished stadium by mid-2026. Will anyone believe it?
Valencia: No sale, no money for Nou Mestalla
Today Valencia CF were supposed to sign the sale of Estadio Mestalla. The transaction would fuel construction work on Nou Mestalla. That is now delayed and the city is getting impatient.
Valencia: Mestalla's fate sealed
In order for the sale of Estadio Mestalla to go through, 70% of apartments planned in its place had to be reserved by June. It's may and we're already at 80%, which means the €113-million deal is safe. While demolition won't begin instantly, let's get used to not having this icon around...
Valencia: Speculation arises around Mestalla relocation
It only took one quote from Valencia CF president to stir new controversy around the club's stadium plans. Now that relocation has been confirmed as the best available option, we're still waiting for details as to when and how exactly...
Valencia: Nou Mestalla to finally get going?
With not much time left to lose, Valencia CF appoint global consultancy brand Deloitte to construct the financial side of Nou Mestalla. Construction has to resume soon, otherwise the structure could be demolished.
Valencia: New Mestalla could reach 65,000 seats!
While it's still being approached as a 55,000-seater, the new stadium of Valencia CF could end up holding 65,000 people as soon as demand is sufficient. First meeting at the city hall was held today.
Valencia: Smaller and more slender new Mestalla
Though the stadium will lose roughly 20,000 seats compared to the original design, we dare to say it will look better than initially proposed. This is how Valencia wants to finish their abandoned stadium project.
Spain: Valencia announce construction restart!
FINALLY! After 8.5 years of standstill Valencia CF has today announced restart of construction at Nou Mestalla. The new stadium should be ready in May, 2021.
Valencia: New Mestalla won’t be ready for centenary
In 2019 Valencia CF will celebrate 100 years in operation. It will also be 10 years since the construction site of Nou Mestalla would be abandoned…
Spain: Valencia makes third attempt at new stadium
After two schemes leaving them without the desired new stadium, a third project is to be worked on. Valencia owner Peter Lim draws an inspiring, but controversial vision.
Valencia: The future Mestalla still uncertain
New owner took over at Valencia, but at the same time withdrew some of his previous declarations about the new stadium. Delivery of Europe’s largest deadlocked stadium is again in doubt.
Valencia: New plan to deliver Nou Mestalla, smaller and cheaper
It will soon be 5 years since work was halted in Valencia and the concrete skeleton cannot wait much longer. So Valencia CF and stadium architects Fenwick introduced an 'economic' version of the stadium, reducing required budget by 40%.
Euro 2020: All you need to know about interested countries
Or, in other words, all we were able to find digging a lot deeper than just the brief info released by UEFA. It took us a while, but this is – according to our knowledge – the most comprehensive analysis of Euro 2020 potential bids.
Valencia: Plans to restart works on hold (again)
Financial plan for further works fell apart – EFE press agency reports. Sources in Bankia, the project’s creditor, say requirements outlined by city authorities haven’t been met.
Valencia: Work to finally restart (?)
Last major step to relaunch construction at the Nou Mestalla site has been made – declared Manuel Llorente, president of Valencia CF. This time it wasn’t about bank support, but public one.