The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has thrown its weight behind Feyenoord’s proposed bid to develop a new stadium, stating that it will allow more national team games to be played in Rotterdam and could be utilised in a bid for UEFA Euro 2020 games.
Sports Alderman for the City of Rotterdam, Antoinette Laan, has announced that local authorities are prepared to guarantee Eur165 million for a new stadium, instead of exploring the redevelopment of the Eredivisie giant’s historic De Kuip home. The facility first opened in 1937 and underwent a renovation in 1994, but Feyenoord has been exploring its stadium options for a number of years.
“We are pleased to hear… the final conclusion that new construction for Feyenoord and the city is the best option,” said the KNVB’s professional football director Bert van Oostveen, according to Feyenoord’s official website. “UEFA has recently tested all plans. The report shows that the current stadium – even after renovations – will not meet the requirements of UEFA. New construction is necessary to play (national team games). The national team again in Rotterdam is something we wholeheartedly support. The new stadium also allows Rotterdam a chance to become a host city for Euro 2020.”
Feyenoord general manager Eric Gudde added: “We are pleased that the Mayor and Aldermen, after thorough examination of the plans, have found that new construction is by far the best option. We hope and trust that the Council will soon come to the same conclusion.”