Paris St Germain is undergoing major changes at all level since the club fell into Qatart Sports Investment portfolio in 2011. There were speculations whether PSG would move to Stade de France or a naming rights policy be implemented. So far, neither was the chosen option. The Paris club will revamp its current stadium which will start after the final Ligue 1 game against Brest on May 18.
With Euro 2016 around the corner, Nasser El Khelaifi’s club will implement aesthetic changes. “It’s about improving the quality of a good number of areas of the stadium with an emphasis on design and aesthetics,” Jean-Claude Blanc, PSG’s managing director, told newspaper Le Parisien. “We’ll play at the Parc throughout the work. We won’t close any of the stands and no games will be played elsewhere.”
Blanc has a strong background in stadium development having overseen the construction of Juventus’ new home in his previous role as CEO of the Serie A champion.
The Parc des Princes’ initial facelift will focus on four key areas. Two extra rows of seats will be installed to bring fans closer to the pitch; a panoramic viewing area will be built in the Borelli Stand in a bid to encourage families to attend games.
The number of VIP seats will be increased from 2,000 to 4,500 and the dressing rooms will be enlarged.
“You have to compare it with the best in Europe. Right now, the surface area of the Parc des Princes dressing rooms is about a third of that of Juventus. Teams move about with more and more equipment, there are more backroom staff and they need more space for medical care. We’re going to optimise every existing square metre.”
PSG is keen on expanding the current capacity of the Parc des Princes, but is faced with the considerable challenges presented by its location. Paris’ main ring road, the Peripherique, runs underneath the stadium, while the facility is also surrounded by housing. “We want to find solutions to allow us to go from a capacity of 45,000 to 60,000,” Blanc said. [Source: Sport Business]