Heracles Almelo won't see their bold stadium plan come to fruition. The club now abandoned the 15,000-capacity project in favour of complete renovation and expansion of Stadion Polman.
The plans for a new stadium in Almelo have been discussed for over 6 years now. Since 2011 we knew what is expected to be built: a new stadium for 15,000 people was supposed to be opened this year. But construction never even began.
The club didn't manage to reach an agreement with Almelo municipality over commercial space within the planned stadium. The town saw it as excessive and demanded downscaling, while that made the entire project not viable for Heracles.
Now, after prolonged deadlock, Heracles president Jan Smit informed the new stadium is abandoned, while Heracles will pursue a complete revamp and expansion of Stadion Polman. What is now one of the smallest stadiums in Eredivisie should grow to 12,000 seats in the next few years.