After years of waiting Real Sociedad supporters were finally treated to their future stadium renderings yesterday. The club hope to squeeze the four-phased operation into a tight €40-million budget.
Though the club hasn't released all proposed bids, Real Sociedad assured the concept by Izaskun Larzabal has been selected as best. It should now be implemented in four phases, allowing football use most of the time at the existing Estadio Anoeta.
Additional, self-sustaining steel trusses will be mounted atop the existing stadium first. This way support for new translucent inner roof will be provided. Preferably during a summer break the playing field will be lowered by 240cm and athletics track removed.
Doing this between seasons should limit the need to play games away. The new San Mames is understood to be Real's temporary home nevertheless, even if only for several games.
Also lower tier of existing stand will be demolished to make way for new ground level, this time only 8 meters from the pitch.This should result in what Real Sociedad describes as "English stadium", long anticipated after two decades of poor sightlines.
Eventually, ending the stands' redevelopment, both ends will be demolished with their old roof structure and replaced by completely new stands, first time ever in rectangular form. Last phase will see infrastructure behind the stands expanded and covered with blue, translucent cladding.
The entire project should take up to 2 years and the club hope to cut cost from currently estimated €43.8 million to 40, if possible.
30 million will come from Real Sociedad, though €10 million need to be approved by Kutxabank as a new commercial deal with the team. Remainder should be covered by the Basque regional government.