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Valencia stadium update January 2022 Image: Jose Antonio Sanz

The Spanish professional football club Valencia CF (Spain) held a working meeting with the Ayuntamiento de Valencia City Council on January 18th, 2022 to explain all the details regarding the construction of the club’s new stadium work on which got halted due to pecuniary reasons.

The ‘Valencia CF’ stated that President Anil Murthy, accompanied by Joey Lim, Executive Director and Board Member of Valencia CF, Financial Director Inmaculada Ibáñez, Director of Operations Christian Schneider, Director of Marketing Jorge García, and Director of Innovation Franco Segarra, met with representatives of the City Council led by Joan Ribó, Mayor of the City of Valencia (Spain).

Valencia Club de Fútbol, commonly referred to as Valencia CF or simply Valencia, is a Spanish professional football club in Valencia that currently plays in LaLiga, the top flight of Spanish football. Valencia has won six LaLiga titles, eight Copa del Rey titles, one Supercopa de España, and one Copa Eva Duarte.

Mestalla Stadium is a football stadium in Valencia, Spain. The stadium is the home of Valencia Club de Fútbol and has a capacity of 48,600 seats, making it the eighth-largest stadium in Spain, and the largest in the Valencian community. The North Stand of the stadium is known for its very steep section.

Nou Mestalla is a partially built 54,000-seat football stadium in Valencia, Spain, intended as a replacement for Valencia CF’s current stadium, Mestalla Stadium. The basic concrete structure of the stadium was built between August 2007 and February 2009, but work was then halted for financial reasons. The design was revised in 2013 with a reduced capacity.

The ‘Valencia CF’ further stated that the meeting arrived at a decision to continue with the stadium project and involving a municipal body in the entire exercise. Earlier, the club held a meeting in December 2021 with the Generalitat Valenciana and following that meeting, the club has held meetings with several strategic institutions to find ways and means to continue with the above development.

The Generalitat Valenciana is the generic name covering the different self-Government institutions under which the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia is politically organized. It consists of seven institutions including the Corts Valencianes, the President of the Generalitat, or the autonomous Government itself.

Stated Murthy, “The meeting ended on a positive note. After the two meetings with the Generalitat, we arrived at a strategic decision to formally present the project to the City Council. We want to wrap up the project at the earliest as it holds a lot of significance for the City of Valencia. It is a project which will prove to be a windfall for the City.”

Added Murthy, “Work will resume on the stadium project at the earliest and we have reached a decision with Mayor Ribó in this regard. After presenting the project to the Generalitat and the City Council, we are working out the formalities. The new home of Valencia CF will help lure investors to the City.”

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