The Gibraltar FA have confirmed this afternoon that plans for a 4,700 seater new National Stadium will be re-submitted for Environmental Screening this month.
Photo (C) William Gracia
The new capacity comes after UEFA made a change to its regulations governing stadia, allowing small countries like Gibraltar to be exempt from the ruling that stadia used for full internationals had to hold a minimum of 8,000 spectators. The GFA had, back in 2018, submitted to the Development and Planning Commission, for the purposes of public consultation, a project to construct a new 8,000 seater National Stadium for Gibraltar, in line with what was then UEFA’s minimum capacity requirement.
As such, the GFA have, in consultation with their project management team and UEFA, reviewed the existing design and chosen to reduce the capacity from 8,000 to 4,700 – a figure which still represents around a 113% increase in capacity from the current Victoria Stadium, which officially holds 2,200 spectators.
The GFA will be applying to the Development & Planning Commission (DPC), by no later than March 14th, for planning permission to construct the new stadium. Once the application has been submitted and validated, the public can inspect copies of the application, plans and other documents submitted either in person at the office of the Secretary of the DPC, or online at egov.gi
Notices were put up on the stadium on Friday 14th February ahead of the beginning of the weekend’s football, which served to initiate the process of notifying the public.