La Rosaleda Stadium imposing revamp plans


Malaga CF stadium update April 2023 Image: Ayuntamiento de Málaga

The Málaga City Council, the Málaga Provincial Council and the Regional Government of Andalucía, the three entities that own the La Rosaleda Stadium in Málaga, Spain, have drawn out detailed plans for the redevelopment of the facility. The price tag would come to more than €70m (£61.5m/$76.2m).

‘Ayuntamiento de Málaga’ stated that the above plan has been chalked out with the objective of including the venue in Spain’s joint bid with Portugal and Morocco to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup™.

Seville (Spain)-based the Regional Government of Andalucía is the Government of the Autonomous Community of Andalucía. It consists of the Parliament, the President of the Regional Government and the Government Council.

The 30,044-capacity La Rosaleda is a football stadium in the City of Málaga in Andalucía, Southern Spain. It is the home stadium of Málaga CF of the Segunda División.

Málaga Club de Fútbol, or simply Málaga, is a football club based in Málaga, Andalucía, Spain, that competes in the Segunda División, the second tier of the Spanish league system. They won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002 and qualified for the following season’s Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Cup, reaching the quarter-final stages.

The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Segunda División, also known as LaLiga 2, and commercially known as LaLiga SmartBank for sponsorship reasons, is the men’s second professional association football division of the Spanish football league system.

The 2030 FIFA World Cup™ will be the 24th FIFA World Cup™, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member-associations of FIFA. The event will mark the centenary of the first World Cup.

The UEFA Intertoto Cup, often abbreviated and more known in the German-speaking world as UI Cup and originally called the International Football Cup, was a Summer football competition between European clubs. The competition was discontinued after the 2008 tournament.

The stadium redevelopment plans were presented by the architecture firm Morph recently.

Morph Architects works from idea and concept to the development of the project. It believes in bringing new ideas and experimentation. All our projects incorporate an exceptionally artistic finish and functional solutions. The firm develops its project keeping their clients’ needs as first priority.

‘Ayuntamiento de Málaga’ further stated that the stadium will be repurposed as per FIFA criteria so that in future the arena is in a position to hold FIFA showcases. The stadium envelope will also have to meet FIFA standards.

The building envelope includes all the building components that separate the indoors from the outdoors. Building envelopes include the exterior walls, foundations, roof, windows, and doors.

Facility Features:

  • The La Rosaleda Stadium capacity will rise to 45,000;
  • Expansion of the arena would require a new grandstand to come up on the existing structures;
  • The new venue would come armed with covered stands;
  • Futuristic facilities;
  • Underground car park;
  • Green spaces;
  • Upgraded media zone;
  • A new circulation flow system to make access viable;
  • Establishing a new urban center within the City;
  • Restructuring the existing roads to ensure smooth flow of traffic;
  • Upgraded washrooms;
  • Creation of a large square that opens up to the stadium;
  • 8,000 m2 for Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) use;
  • A double plaza to be created which would open up the stadium to the City;
  • A double plaza is also being planned; and
  • The sustainability factor will be accorded topmost priority and the areas skirting the stadium will also be developed.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in July last year shortlisted 15 venues that are offering to hold the 2030 FIFA soccer extraordinaire if Spain-Portugal-Morocco lands the soccer show. The RFEF had stated then that 11 facilities in Spain and three in Portugal will be employed if the bid is successful.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is the governing body of football in Spain. It is based in La Ciudad del Fútbol of Las Rozas, a municipality near Madrid, Spain. It was founded on October 14th, 1909 as Federación Española de Clubs de Football, and officially founded on September 29th, 1913.

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