City of Bruges aims for re-launch in stadium project

Over the past few months, the City council has worked around the clock to find a solution to the stadium projects in the City of Bruges. A proactive search for a solution for a stadium for both Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge resorts from the City's strategy plan for 2019-2025, in which a fast solution for both projects is sought with priority, and with legal certainty.

Intensive meetings with both football teams have lead to a proposal meeting the ambitions and needs of both teams. Furthermore, the first positive audit reports with regard to the regional implemenation plan (‘Afbakening regionaal stedelijk gebied Brugge’) also pave the way for a realisation of the suggested solution. It appears the intensive work set up by the different administrations to deliver a strong regional implementation plan, have paid off.

 

In order to replace a highly aged Jan Breydel Stadium – the Stadium is 44 years old and no longer meets comtemporary quality standards, despite frequent investments and safety measures – the City of Bruges intends to realise two new football stadiums in two different locations. This offers the people living around the Olympia site the advantage of a substantial impact decrease on match days, with 1 out of both teams leaving the site within due time.

 

The current Olympia site, the grounds for years of important football history, holds a number of important assets as to the construction of a new stadium for Club Brugge. The grounds are property of the City of Bruges, so there is no need for expropriation. The area has the correct destination as to urban planning, and has had a stadium function for 44 years. Previous researches and procedures have clearly highlighted the working areas (e.g. strong congestion before and after football games, an augmentation of match day related sound and air pollution, hightened parking pressure, congested access roads, ...). All parties are well aware of these issues, and realise that, in order to get a grip on these factors, a set of supporting and reducing measures will have to be established (accessibility, the use of a perimter around the stadium as used at “Euro 2000”...). On match days, a plethora of smart mobility and parking solutions will be crucial, as well as an optimal implantation of the stadium within the area, and a maximum use of new light and sound techniques. A qualitative arrangement of the Olympia site will be essential in order to allow the neighbourhood access to the Olympia site on non-match days. Club Brugge plans on organising an environmental impact study to investigate this at large.

 

Both Cercle Brugge and Club Brugge would be able to set up training facilities at the Blankenbergse Steenweg site. The global purpose determined by the regional implementation plan will also be realised in this configuration. Awaiting final completion date of the Cercle Stadium, the team will be able to make use of the facilities at the Olympia site.

 

The City council would like to thank all parties involved for their constructive collaboration to find a proactive solution for these vital projects.