Austria: LASK to build a 20,000 stadium by 2022
source: ORF.at; author: michał
During the next 6 years Austrian team LASK are hoping to deliver a stadium that will put them among the strongest teams domestically. Experts are already working on the scheme.
The oldest club from Upper-Austria, LASK Linz, may be a 2nd-league side at the moment, but it’s got a strong fanbase in the city and beyond. In 6 years they also hope to have a stadium worthy of their aspirations.
Worth an estimated €40 million, the venue might reach capacity of 20,000, becoming one of the largest club-owned stadia in Austria.
German experts IFS are already constructing the financial and operational framework for the stadium. The company known for work on some 50 stadiums and indoor arenas throughout Europe will make sure LASK are making money even on non-matchdays. The main stand’s conference and banqueting facilities should accommodate some 200 events per year.
Currently the team are shortlisting potential stadium sites. Most of them are located within Linz, but some apparently span beyond city limits. They began with 20 sites and have now narrowed their options to 8. In the end they hope to have no less than 5 plots to choose from and select the best one.
The new stadium would open in 2022. Until then LASK won’t be using the multi-use municipal stadium in Linz. Rather, they will continue playing in nearby Pasching, at the Waldstadion.