Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has received a boost in its stadium development efforts after the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, gave his approval to increasing the capacity of the Parc des Princes following France’s staging of UEFA Euro 2016.
Le Parisien said Delanoe has written to PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi giving his backing to an expansion project for the city-owned stadium. Delanoe is due to step down from his position after March’s mayoral elections and while the newspaper said his approval does not necessarily have to be maintained by his successor it added that the development gives an indication of a “common line” between the club and the city.
PSG in April revealed a Eur75 million redevelopment of the Parc des Princes commencing following the final game of last season, with club officials retaining the goal of eventually expanding the venue to a 60,000 capacity. PSG has long wrestled with the task of ensuring its home stadium meets its ambitious plans under the ownership of Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), with major redevelopment, construction of a new stadium on the current site or a move to a new facility having previously been mooted. However, the initial redevelopment focuses on more aesthetic touches with a completion date set for the 2015-16 season – ahead of France’s staging of Euro 2016.
PSG is keen to expand the current capacity of the Parc des Princes, but is faced with the considerable challenges presented by its location. Paris’ main ring road, the Peripherique, runs underneath the stadium, while the facility is also surrounded by housing. “We want to find solutions to allow us to go from a capacity of 45,000 to 60,000,” PSG managing director Jean-Claude Blanc had said.