Estadio de Gran Canaria
|Clubs||UD Las Palmas|
|Category||Design awaiting implementation|
Estadio de Gran Canaria – design description
Why is the next redevelopment of Estadio de Gran Canaria planned?
Estadio de Gran Canaria in Las Palmas was inaugurated on May 8, 2003 and was initially a facility with an athletics track. Between 2014 and 2016, the arena was modernised, removing the running track and bringing the stands closer to the pitch. With a capacity of 32,400 spectators, it is the largest stadium in the Canary Islands.
It was first reported that the local authorities were planning another redevelopment of the stadium in the summer of 2022. The impetus for the move was the desire to join the initiative to host the 2030 World Cup. Spain intends to bid to host the World Cup together with Portugal, Morocco and Ukraine. To host World Cup matches, the venue would need to be expanded to a capacity of at least 40,000 spectators.
On May 18, 2023, the stadium was visited by a committee assessing the preparation of individual cities and venues for the possible hosting of the World Cup. On May 25, 2023, the president of the council (cabildo) that governs the island of Gran Canaria presented the first renderings to the wider public, showing how the stadium is planned to be redeveloped. Details of the timetable and financing are not yet known.
What does Estadio de Gran Canaria redevelopment project involve?
The plan is to extend the northern arch (Grada Naciente) so that it is level with the rest of the auditorium. The stands will then form a compact, enclosed oval around the pitch. An additional, low-rise spectator ring will then be added at the top (with the exception of the main stand, where a building with boxes already extends along the upper edge). The stadium will also receive a new roof over all stands, merging into one with the facade.
The upgrade is intended to complement the 2014-2016 redevelopment, and the project will give the arena a more coherent and modern look. The capacity of the stands will increase to 44,462 spectators, allowing the venue to compete for entry into the 2030 World Cup host cities. The extension will also create better conditions for club UD Las Palmas, which secured promotion to the LaLiga competition two days after the presentation of the design.