Is Dinamo’s new stadium promise a pipe dream?



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Steaua’s stadium in Romania is nearly complete, Rapid’s stadium work is progressing fast, and even the National Rugby Stadium – a multipurpose stadium under construction in Bucharest, Romania – is progressing well.

But, the supporters of Romanian professional football club Dinamo has nothing to celebrate at the moment. But, the whole scenario may finally change in 2021.

Dinamo Bucharest is among Romania capital Bucharest’s three major, traditional football clubs. As part of the City’s training base program, each of the club was to receive a new stadium ahead of Euro 2020. Back in 2016, Dinamo were even the first ones to showcase their stadium design. And yet they are the only club not to boast any new facility today.

Dinamo’s home arena – Stadionul Stefan Cel Mare – is in a ramshackled state and hasn’t changed one bit to date. But, recently, Dinamo President Ionuţ Adrian Popa reassured fans that the Dinamo would soon get a brand-new home ground.

“I have undertaken a mission and I will carry it out. Chances are 100 percent that we will complete the construction of the stadium. We have no reason not to go forward. The location of the new stadium will be on the velodrome site. Supporters agree with this location, the project was made as a result of meetings with Doar Dinamo București (DDB) members,” Popa asserted.

“We didn’t do anything on our own, we harmonized the fans’ ideas with our own, with the technical ones of Compania Nationala De Investitii (CNI) (a joint stock company) and the City Hall of Sector 2,” Popa added.

Adrian Cefalan, Investment Director, CNI, Romania, is a Member of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance.

According to official information, groundbreaking on the site could take place in 2021. Once work begins, it should be complete within a 30-month time frame.

However, assurances of this nature have been made even before. Initially, when the original scheme of the facility was presented (back then a venue accommodating 30,000 spectators were to come up in place of Stadionul Stefan Cel Mare), the construction timing was expected to be 2017-2019. Then in 2018, the dates were changed to 2019-2021 and now again a 2021-2023 estimate has been made.

The key reason for the project file gathering dust is the complicated land ownership issue. To this day, a final solution is yet to be hammered out. Only once the case is adjudicated, the sports complex at Cel Mare can be transferred to the national investment company (CNI) and work can begin. It’s expected that the new stadium will fit in18, 000 people, however, the updated details of the design is yet to be released.
 

Parcul Sportiv Dinamo

The proposed Dinamo stadium will be built on the very spot of the existing Stadionul Stefan Cel Mare, in northern Bucharest. The building will stand on a plinth under which a three-floor parking will come up wherein 1,087 cars can be parked. This way enough room would be created for a large public plaza south of the venue.

Retaining the club’s red color throughout its façade, the Romanian Government will pick up the tab for the new stadium. It’s part of the Euro 2020 scheme and will serve as the training ground for one of the national teams.

The seating layout will see a large upper tier with 17,350 seats and slightly smaller lower one for 10,350 fans. Also, 20 skyboxes for 2,015 guests and 450 media seats are planned.

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