Valencia unveil new-look, cost-cutting Nou Mestalla
Valencia’s Nou Mestalla has sat half-finished for four years, but a new cost-cutting design has been unveiled that could see the massive state-of-the-art stadium finally reach completion.
Architect Mark Fenwick was given the task of designing a new vision for the remainder of the 61,500 seat stadium, which will be built on the current foundations that were abandoned when the club ran themselves into the ground in 2009.
According to Fenwick, measures have been taken to reduce the cost in five major areas; underground parking, the metal structure, the façade and roof, stadium capacity and interior decoration.
“To date, €98 million has been spent on the stadium. The budget to finish it was €160 million, and we would need around another €100 million to finish it as shown. It is real. We have calculated and compared prices. It is a €200 million stadium for 65,000 spectators (€3,500 per seat), which is one of a kind in the world of football at the moment. It is very cost-effective compared to other projects. These are very significant savings given the current financial situation. There is a lot of passion surrounding this project.”
The new management, under new club president, Amadeo Salvo is determined to finally giving the stadium they have been desperately waiting for, for the better part of a decade.