|Category||Design being implemented|
|Cost||350 mln €|
|Design||Fenwick Iribarren, Arup Sport, SBP|
|Design time||2006/2007, 2013, 2017, 2022|
Nou Mestalla – design description
Iinitial concept for the new stadium along Avenida de les Corts Valencianes was presented in 2006 by renowned architect Mark Fenwick. Spain's most impressive stadium plan at that time comprised amazing facades cut with glass surfaces, symbolically resembling the city's division to districts. Inside three tiers of seating were planned, offering 73,200 seats in total.
The project was priced at €344 million and saw groundbreaking in the summer of 2007. Initially work was expected to end in May 2009, but by March only the main concrete structure was ready and proved to be the last phase for years. Valencia CF suffered from heavy debt and couldn't afford the remaining works.
Despite many attempts to restart the project, no progress was done until late 2013. That's when the project was updated, adjusted to difficult financial conditions. Overall cost was cut to just €200 million through simplified facades, roof covering 75% of fans instead of 100% and capacity downscaled to 61,500.
In 2017, another, even more trimmed-down concept was presented. The compact facade was abandoned as a cost-saving measure. The updated vision envisaged a facade covered only with mesh, composites and glass.
The roof was also rethought, and this time it was to be made more economically, using wire rope technology and based on a structure independent of the stands' structure. The cost of completing the arena according to the new design was estimated to be around €100 million. Ultimately, this vision could not be implemented as well.
In 2021 there was another opportunity to complete the investment in the form of additional funding available through LaLiga's agreement with CVC Capital Partners. In June 2022, yet another concept for the completion of the Nou Mestalla was presented. This time, 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.
Initially, the capacity of the stands will not be used to its full potential, with 49,000 seats available for fans. However, the auditorium's capacity can be increased to 70,000 spectators in the future if required. Work is scheduled to resume in October 2022, with completion scheduled for summer 2025.
World Cup 2030: Ukraine joins Spain and Portugal's bid
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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: Valencia to allocate € 80 million to complete stadium
The club from the popular region of Spain will allocate 80 out of nearly € 121 million for its new stadium. This will be possible thanks to the transfer of money to the club as a result of the conclusion of the La Liga agreement with CVC. This does not mean, however, that the outlays for the completion of works will be increased only by this amount.
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?
2030 World Cup: Spain and Portugal confirm aspirations
On Friday they met for a friendly game. No goals were scored on the field but the greater goal was confirming the readiness to host the 2030 World Cup in Spain and Portugal.
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%.
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