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Coliseum Getafe – design description
What were the previous plans for Getafe CF's new stadium?
The stadium in Getafe, near Madrid, where Getafe CF football club play their matches, was inaugurated in 1998. The facility underwent a modest expansion in 2005, when a missing second tier was added to the stand behind the north goal and a new, larger roof was installed over the main stand. The stadium's capacity is 16,500 spectators.
In 2006, Getafe CF president Ángel Torres, together with the city's mayor Pedro Castro, presented plans for a new facility to be built next to the existing stadium, replacing the training pitches. The stadium was to accommodate up to 25,000 spectators. The project was to be part of Madrid's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.
Nothing ultimately came of these plans, although discussions about a new stadium for Getafe continued to revive in subsequent years. In 2013, Ángel Torres announced the construction of a 32,000-seater facility. In 2018, the club's president announced plans to buy the stadium from the city and expand it on a somewhat more modest scale.
When was the latest concept for the expansion of Coliseum Alfonso Pérez created?
Another opportunity to invest in the stadium arose from a deal between LaLiga and the CVC Capital Partners fund, which was signed at the end of 2021. With the deal, Spanish clubs were to receive additional funds, most of which should be used for infrastructure development. Getafe CF was to receive an additional €53 million on this account.
The first step towards the expansion of the stadium was the extension of the stadium lease. An agreement with the city was reached in October 2022. The contract was for a period of 40 years, with an option to extend for a further 10 years.
On June 13, 2023, during the presentation of the new Getafe CF outfits, club president Ángel Torres presented a new concept for the expansion of Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. The concept was prepared by the renowned IDOM studio. It is worth mentioning that Getafe CF's stadium celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2023.
When will Coliseum Alfonso Pérez be redeveloped?
According to the announcement, an architectural project will be submitted to the city council in September or October 2023. Construction work could start once the relevant approvals have been obtained, in March or April 2024. The first to be redeveloped is the north stand. The modernisation of the entire facility is expected to take 27 months.
What does the concept for the redevelopment of the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez involve?
The redevelopment is to include the removal of the moat surrounding the pitch. Major changes will take place in the upper tiers of the stands. The upper tier will receive built-up corners and form a uniform ring around the entire facility. The stands will be of uniform height, with the exception of the main stand, which will be slightly higher than the others and will receive an additional narrow tier between the two tiers of the auditorium.
A major improvement will be the roofing of all seats in the stadium. Two new screens will be suspended above the stands behind the goals. The stadium will also receive a uniform façade covered with a translucent mesh. Multimedia material will be able to be displayed on the façade. The existing floodlight masts will be replaced by floodlights attached to the canopy. The facility will offer 69 VIP boxes.
The reconstruction will give the stadium a more coherent, modern and enclosed form. The capacity of the facility will increase by 3,000 spectators after the modernisation. The club also intends to secure a title sponsor for the arena, which should, however, retain the term 'Coliseum' in its name.
Spain: Getafe have shown renderings of their new stadium
In mid-June, during the presentation of the new Getafe CF players' uniforms, club president Ángel Torres presented the concept for the expansion of Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. The project was prepared by the renowned IDOM studio and involves increasing the capacity of the stands and fully roofing the arena.