It's already the second time Olympique celebrate preparatory works at their new site outside Lyon. First time it ended with initial preparations only, this time preparations are to be done for good, allowing construction to commence at last.
If it was done along the initial schedule, the new stadium for Olympique Lyonnais would already be standing in Montout, in the outskirts of Lyon. But for various reasons, both financial and procedural, works have only just began now.
Or actually, they started back in March, but ended with very initial preparations to the plot that was more or less levelled. Later only sewage and geodetic works were done. Until Monday, that is. That's when first trucks arrived with heavy machinery at the 40-hectare site.
Only a few for starters, but eventually up to 50 construction vehicles are to be operating in order to complete ground works before the end of March 2013. Actual construction should then start on the €450-million venue that is expected finished in late 2014, but may slip to 2015 according to unofficial claims.
Construction is carried out by Vinci, one of France's leading developers. Design phase was led by renowned practice Populous and resulted in a unique vision for the 61,000-seat stadium, selected to host Euro 2016.