Club Brugge Football Stadium
Brugge Football Stadium Football stadium as beacon of transformation for new city development Club Brugge is the largest football team in Brugge (Bruges) and one of the largest clubs in Belgium. In addition to the national football competition, the club also wants to play a greater role at European level. A serious obstacle to this desire for growth is the current Jan-Breydelstadion in Bruges. This stadium dates from the 1970s and is very outdated. Furthermore, the stadium has a maximum capacity of “only` 30,000 spectators. In addition to its age, this stadium will soon no longer be able to meet the standards set by the UEFA and the FIFA for the organisation of larger football tournaments or events such as the Champions League. Moreover, the location of the current football complex in the middle of a densely populated residential area is also a problem. It is estimated that 85% of the spectators coming from the south and eas from Belgium. Parking problems and major traffic chaos therefore develop in the bordering municipality of Sint-Andries. Public transport connections are also inadequate. In addition to this, the city of Bruges wants to participate in the organisation of the Football World Championship in 2018. A new complex in a better location therefore becomes a necessity. A few kilometres south of the city of Bruges – the direction from which the largest flow of supporters comes – two motorways intersect. The E40 runs like an east-west axis through Belgium and continues in the direction of Europe. The E403 comes from the south. These two motorways are also crossed at Loppem (village nearby Bruges) by a railway line. The parcel of land is surrounded by these three major routes and is the ideal location for a football temple with an international charisma. This location is also very easily accessible with public transport. The football stadium will become a football temple for the next generation. It serves not only as an event complex but is also an important element in the new city development. The new complex also forms the gateway to the world famous Middle Ages city of Bruges. A large number of city tourists pass through here on their way to Bruges. The stadium will be a landmark for Bruges. The football stadium as the newest and largest reception and access gateway for the Bruges of the 21st century: a city that in addition to its world famous Middle Ages inheritance also plays a major economic role in Flanders. In addition to the football stadium, the multifunctional character of the site will be emphasised by the presence of a major shopping area. The focus is not only on mega-events. It must also be a place for receiving tourists. As well as an info service about Bruges, this location also acts as a transformation beacon. Tourists are welcomed and informed at the edge of the city. They can then journey on from here towards the city and thus create an interchange between city and stadium, Bruges and Club Brugge. The stadium will be characterised by an organisational architecture. The striking curved finishing of the roofs, marked by the club colours of blue and black, form an elegant eye-catching highlight amidst the surrounding flat landscape. The pride of Club Brugge doesn’t just radiate in colour from the complex during the day. In the evening the stadium shines a soft glow onto its surroundings. The intensity of this glow is promoted and is dependent on the events in the stadium. The more intense and sensational the atmosphere inside, the brighter and more intensely the stadium fulfils its purpose as a beacon of light. With a capacity of more than 40,000 spectators, this building complies fully with the FIFA regulations for the organisation of the Football World Championship in 2018.


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