Ligue 1 club FC Nantes have announced plans to build a new stadium, which could be opened in the year 2022, the project is called YelloPark.
The club itself said that the new stadium would be built on the site of its current home, Stade de la Beaujoire, and initial plans have it ready to be opened for use in five years time.
The stadium itself will be part of a multi-purpose complex that will also include housing, shopping, a school and a car park, much like the surrounding area of the new Wembley Stadium complex in North London.
“Not a penny of Nantes’ tax money will be used in this matter,” said Mayor of Nantes Johanna Rolland. “It’s not right for public money and tax payers money to be used to finance these projects.”
Stade de la Beaujoire was opened in 1984 ahead of the UEFA European Championships in France, and it is hoped that a similar agreement can be reached once the stadium is built to host football matches during the Paris hosting of the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Club President Waldemar Kita said: “We do not have any stadiums that meet UEFA standards in western France. We want to do everything so that this stadium is the best in France and one of the best in Europe. It is my duty to equip this large club with a stadium and complex that meets its requirements and ambitions.”