It should have been underway for a month now, but won’t begin until next year. Ghelamco officially confirmed the new groundbreaking date for Belgium’s new national stadium.
During ongoing realty expo in Brussels the renowned developer Ghelamco is presenting the mockup of future national stadium at Heysel’s Parking C. The model presents how large this project will be, not only offering over 61,000 seats, but also extensive office space.
But, more importantly, Ghelamco confirmed that construction won’t begin this year. “Yes, the construction will start in 2017. It will last two years and the stadium will be ready in 2019, in time to hold Euro 2020”, said Paul Gheysens, founder of the Ghelamco Group.
The Belgian developer is currently undergoing bureaucratic proceedings despite initial schedule indicating construction should have begun in March. Pushing the date to 2017 and leaving as little as two years for a stadium of such grandeur is a necessity as the planning permission is yet to be issued. Latest deadlock has been caused by issues with road network around the stadium.
The €314-million project will be financed entirely privately and Ghelamco are the company to deliver and benefit from operating it. With 61,450 seats the building already has contracts signed with the national team of Belgium and RSC Anderlecht. It’s also approved by UEFA to become one of the hosts for Euro 2020, possibly even the site of opening game.