Simple and elegant fiberglass/PTFE shell will be its main aesthetic feature. The new stadium in Romanian Târgu Jiu will be among the most interesting multi-use stadia of its size.
Pandurii SC Is a Romanian club unknown to most European football enthusiasts. That may be changing soon though, as supporters of Levadia, Hapoel Tel-Aviv and SC Braga painfully found out, when their teams were knocked out by the Pandurs from Europa League.
The team managed to reach the group stage in 2013, but was unable to play at home due to poor quality of their existing infrastructure. That’s why the dated Vladimirescu Stadium in Târgu Jiu is to be completely demolished and rebuilt alongside new indoor hall. Old floodlight masts will be removed and capacity will grow from 9,200 to 12,386 spectators at the new stadium.
Fans will be covered by an interestingly shaped steel roof covered with fiberglass/PTFE sheets. Slightly bent, the elevation with be rhythmical thanks to triangular and circular shapes. Triangles will mimic the steel frame, while circles will be formed by holes providing illumination at night.
Single-tiered stands will tightly surround the 6-lane running track, though end zones will be left empty. West side will accommodate journalists (up to 280 seats) and VIPs (990 premium seats) along roughly 5,000 regular fans. East side will hold the vocal fans of home and away teams, also providing room for club offices, even ones overlooking the field.
Spaces left behind goals won’t be empty. A hotel with 38 rooms and additional facilities are planned. Also, the stadium will provide over 200 underground parking spaces due to very limited space around the building.
Construction is expected to be fairly simple and cost-effective, so the entire period from groundbreaking to delivery is set at 1.5 years. Total budget is €21.8 million ($24.4m) and works will begin after the current season. General contractor is one you may have read about just this week. ACI Cluj previously was chosen as one of the contractors for Craiova’s new stadium.