There are still two permissions to obtain, but demolition of the existing stands and construction of the “black-red diamond” are expected to start within the next few weeks, as Gazetën Shqiptare reports.
There are still two administrative decisions pending, but works are expected to start as soon as possible by both FSHF (Albanian FA) and Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sport. Initially works were to start already in 2010, but the project has been put on hold since then.
Now the new 34,000-seater seems almost certain to get built with last game at this point scheduled for October 16th. If works start after that date, last fixture will be Albania-Slovakia qualifier. If not, FSHF assures that the ground will be available for further matches until all formalities are done with.
Along initial estimations dating back to 2010 cost was supposed to be at around €60 million, but this sum may have changed since then. No changes should influence the project, though, as 25% is to be financed by Albanian government with FSHF planning to take a long-term loan for the remainder, to be paid off from operational profit.
And with small competition throughout the Balkans, the venue may become an entertainment hub, not even mentioning football with national team and top Albanian clubs to be supposed tenants.