City Hall in Mechelen has just received planning application by KV Mechelen, who want to largely redevelop their stadium. The club plan two completely new stands replacing current ones and increasing capacity by 5,000.
Having filed the planning application on Friday, KV Mechelen will now be awaiting its approval for a maximum of 90 days. During that time consultations are to be held with the local community whether the expanded stadium is acceptable for them.
Work is to be divided in two phases. First, after the season ends in May, demolition of the old north side will begin. In its place a new fully covered section is planned. Then time comes for the replacement of west end and filling both western corners.
Both the new stands will be double-tiered with entire lower tier dedicated for safe standing and upper decks all-seated. The west end will also see skyboxes built between the two levels, no less than 11. Additionally a new disabled spectators section will be built behind the eastern goal as an independent structure.
Altogether the stands will bring a capacity increase of 5,000, bringing it to 18,000. To save the neighbouring houses from excessive traffic with limited parking the club suggested to provide a shuttle service for fans from more distant parking sites.
Also as part of means to gain local community's approval a new day care is planned under the new stands, addressing the city's great need for such services.