A report concludes that the location of La Romareda meets the requirements to host the 2030 World Cup

A report concludes that the location of La Romareda meets the requirements to host the 2030 World Cup

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The future stadium can be built on its current location and meet the requirements and recommendations of FIFA to be one of the 11 venues that Spain will have if it finally organizes the 2030 World Cup with Portugal. This is the main conclusion of the report prepared by the Idom consultancywhich details a package of measures, many of them provisional, to meet the requirements in terms of transport, security, parking and service areas that a football match of these characteristics requires.

The Councilor for Town Planning, Víctor Serrano, presented the result of the report commissioned by the Zaragoza City Council, accompanied by those responsible for writing it, the architect César Azcárate and the person in charge of the study in Zaragoza, Fernando Martínez. The document is going to be incorporated into the file that will be voted on this Thursday in plenary session and that will confirm that La Romareda will finally be the location of the new stadium. “Because of the experts who passed by the City Council during the listening phase that La Romareda knew was going to comply. But now we have the certainty with a report by professionals of international prestige”, said the municipal official.

Azcárate, who designed the San Mamés stadium and is currently working on the Nou Camp, and Altarriba have broken down the different recommendations made by FIFA, how the location adapts to all of them and the “provisional, temporary, reversible and cheaper” actions that should be put in place to meet the requirements and recommendations. “All the stadiums will have to provisionally adapt their environment to host the World Cup,” Azcárate stated.

In the first place, in the surroundings of the stadium itself a security space of 10,000 square meters is established, which will have its own access control before reaching the field soccer. But, in addition, a second ring is contemplated between the Eduardo Ibarra square and the field of about 17,000 square meters that would imply the traffic cut of Luis Bermejo and Jerusalem street, but that it would not affect neither Violante of Hungary nor the Paseo de Isabel la Católica.

In this area there would be commercial spaces, shops, ticket management center or areas reserved for the media. The commercial hospitality zones, where the sponsors operate to sell their products, would be in Parque Grande, in addition to a space called the commercial affiliate village, the VIP area outside the stadiumwhich would be located in the square located right next to the Multipurpose Room.

Three zones ‘Fan Zone’

One of the FIFA requirements is to enable fan reception areas (Fan Zone) where various activities take place. In this sense, the Spanish Football Federation requires three locations with 3,000 square meters each. The report suggests the Parque Grande José Antonio Labordeta, Plaza del Pilar, Plaza de San Francisco or Plaza de los Sitios.

The next aspect that the Idom consultant has analyzed is the issue of parking and transport. First, Juan II de Aragón street has been defined as the space where the VIP buses parkvery close to the stop where the shuttle used by FIFA members to get to the stadium would be.

One of the points in favor of the current location is the tram, which would also provide access to two park-and-ride car parks located in Valdespartera (5,725 spaces) and in the Parking Norte del Actur (6,899 spaces). Thus the requirement of having at least 10,000 open seats within a reasonable distance of the stadium on foot or by public transport is met. In addition, the authors of the report point out, there are five bus lines (35, 42, 53, Ci1 and Ci2) that link the stadium with the Delicias intermodal station and with the commuter terminal in Goya.

In addition, the report recalls that there are nine car parks at a distance of less than 12 minutes, with a global capacity of more than 5,000 seats: the two in Plaza de San Francisco, Aragonia, Audiorama, Eduardo Ibarra, Seminary, Hospital Miguel Servet, Clinic and Corners of the Psychiatric Hospital, in addition to the above-ground parking lot of Colegio El Salvador. The car park located under the football capo García Traid, next to Aragonia, could also be temporarily enabled. Secondly, it is necessary to have 790 places for buses, which could be located in the South Parking of the Expo, in La Almozara.

César Azcárate, Víctor Serrano and Fernando Martínez, this Wednesday at Zaragoza City Hall.
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Another added issue is the complementary sports facilities, in which the report does not enter since they are not linked to the location of La Romareda. The study recalls that Zaragoza must be equipped with four sub-headquarters or training centers with two natural playing fields, in addition to two alternative training fields. This must be included in the application dossier, for which the Idom report acts as a preview. Other aspects that should be included in the dossier are hotel capacity.

Comparisons with Qatar

The study, given the possible comparisons that may arise with the fields that have been built for the World Cup in Qatarconcludes that these stadiums have been designed in a unique context, they are new, with certain characteristics and “most of them have a reconversion or dismantling plan, once the World Cup is over. “This context is the only one in which each and every one of FIFA’s requirements can be met”nothing to do with “what is being considered in Zaragoza and La Romareda”, explains the document.

The study

The City Council asked IDOM for a first analysis of the current location regarding FIFA’s recommendations that the consultant concluded on July 14, although that same day the Royal Spanish Football Federation reported on the candidate venues to host the World Cup, so the government team decided to ask the IDOM company to carry out an extension.

IDOM is an international professional services company architecture, engineering and consultancy has more than 4,300 people in 45 offices worldwide and is among the top five most important firms in the “sports” area. The Zaragoza office has existed since 1965 with 120 professionals.

The person in charge of carrying out the study was the architectprofessor at the School of Architecture of the University of Navarra and member of IDOM, Cesar Azcarate.

Specifically, Azcárate is the director of the area of ​​sports facilities and Among his projects, works such as the new San Mamés Stadium and the San Carlos de Apoquindo stadium in Chile stand out. Currently is working on the projects of the new Nou Campthe Nou Estadi del Levante, the new Estadio de la Cerámica in Villarreal and the Monumental Stadium in River Plate, as well as the Real Betis sports complex, among others.

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