Rotterdam: Feyenoord City opening postponed again, to 2025

source: AD.nl / Rijnmond.nl

Rotterdam: Feyenoord City opening postponed again, to 2025 For the second time in 2019 Feyenoord was forced to postpone opening of the new 63,000-seater. Not in 2023, not in 2024, the country's largest football stadium will come no sooner than 2025.

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The most ambitious stadium project of the Netherlands once more moves further away. Back in March Feyenoord was forced to postpone opening of the new 63,000-seat stadium from 2023 to mid-2024. Not even a year later there's one more setback, again pushing the project a year away, to 2025.

Feyenoord City

Green light for the project would hopefully be granted in mid-2020, which would enable piling to begin in March of 2022. But there's still uncertainty over whether all authorities are on board. The Zuid-Holland Province is sceptical regarding public interest and legal framework of the project at Nieuwe Maas.

Question marks are also arising around the stadium's budget, initially set ay €365 million. With delivery slipping away to 2025 it's becoming less probable that the price tag can be retained. Also, ongoing design work and bureaucracy is costing a lot.

Recent numbers for Stadion Feijenoord reveal a shortfall of €7 million despite 16% increase in turnover, precisely because of the cost associated with preparations.

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