The dream Romareda

The dream Romareda

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It is proving to be a long and tedious process, but little by little some unknowns about the future of La Romareda are being cleared up, waiting to know what it will be like and how it will be paid for. If something is clear, it is that the new stadium stays where it is, that it will have about 42,500 seats and four stars. The ones you need to be able to be one of the headquarters of the 2030 World Cup and host between five and six matches.

An international event that has forced the city council to step on the accelerator – well, that, and the 2023 elections – in order to send a convincing project to the Spanish Football Federation before September 30.

For now, the council believes that it has a solid basis to defend that the current location of La Romareda meets the requirements of FIFA. This is what a report commissioned by the city council from the Idom consultancy says, which the Spanish Football Federation will have to confirm. This study explains that with «Provisional, temporary and reversible actions in relation to public transport, car parks, approach rings, and VIP spaces and service areas », all the demands that accompany an appointment of these characteristics will be met.

A perimeter with two rings in which the VIPs will have their space, their private access area and even parking. Also the possibility of snacking at the food stands that will be placed at the back of the field, from which the international communications center will be seen, and where the kiosks and official promotional item stores will be installed.

In principle, Zaragoza, if one of the venues is chosen, could host between five and six games, none of them will be the semi-final or the final. The more the better, of course, but this does not mean losing the perspective that the new stadium that is built must respond to the daily needs of the city, stressed the Councilor for Urban Planning, Víctor Serrano.

Proposed security perimeter in La Romareda.

Five star hotels

Although the location meets many of the FIFA conditions, there are still some to be resolved, such as the hotel offer. The city council is already working to upgrade several four-star hotels, given that FIFA asks that there be between “three or four” of five stars at a maximum distance of 40 kilometers from headquarters. “We are working on it and there are four-star hotels that cannot have five today for a fiscal reason,” explained the Town Planning councillor.

The sub-headquarters

It also remains to be seen where the sub-headquarters will be located. FIFA includes among its conditions the existence, “at least”, of four sub-headquarters or training centers at a distance of less than 40 kilometers.

The report does not go into this question, since this problem would be “exactly the same” if the new Romareda were built in another neighborhood, said Fernando Martínez, from Idom, who suggested the Zaragoza Sports City and the fields of the Aragonese Football Federation as valid locations, although their grass, now artificial, would have to be replaced by a natural one.

The fields of Spain are not those of Qatar

The case of Zaragoza, a candidate city with a field that does not yet exist or that is in the process of being reformed or expanded, is not so strange. It happens at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the Camp Nou in Barcelona, ​​the Mestalla in Valencia, La Rosaleda in Málaga, or the San Mamés Bilbao. These stadiums and their locations are suitable under FIFA criteria, but their environments must also be adapted.

If something was made clear from Idom, it is that we must not dream of the stadiums that have been built in qatar for the 2022 event. In this city, eight stadiums have been built designed with a reconversion or dismantling plan to, once the World Cup is over, be dismantled or converted to different uses such as housing or various commercial uses.

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