26th February 2014, 18:54
Plans for an eight thousand-capacity stadium were unveiled by the Gibraltar Football Association on Wednesday night. It's been designed by Madrid-based architects Fenwick Iribarren, who specialise in commercial centres and football stadia, and count the stadia of Spanish first division clubs Valencia and Espanyol among their projects.
As the name suggests, the Europa Point Gibraltar National Stadium would be sited at Europa Point. The cost would be between 18.5 and 40 million pounds, and it would be owned and managed by the GFA, which says it has obtained the necessary funding. The playing surface would be grass, and amenities would include VIP boxes, a panoramic restaurant, shops, bars and cafés. It would be a Category 4 stadium, which meets UEFA's minimum standards for international football.
The GFA says the stadium would be used primarily for football but would also be a community facility, and host events including concerts, conferences and private functions. The association adds that it would ensure that ticket prices for national games are kept at "realistic and affordable levels".
More information is available on the website: europapointstadium.com
The stadium has had a mixed reaction on social networks, with some people glad that the area will be more fully utilised, but others considering it an eyesore and an unsuitable location. The GFA says it considered alternative sites, but none were considered feasible for a stadium and associated amenities.