Model of Nou Mestalla
|Broke ground||1 August 2007|
|Construction cost||250–300 million €|
|Architect||RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects
|Services engineer||GI Grup|
|Field dimensions||105 × 68|
Nou Mestalla (Valencian pronunciation: [ˈnɔw mesˈtaʎa]) is a partly built 61,500-seat football stadium in Valencia, Spain, intended as a replacement for Valencia CF's current stadium, Estadio Mestalla. The basic concrete structure of the stadium was built between August 2007 and February 2009, but work was then halted for financial reasons. On 12 December 2011, the club confirmed that it had negotiated a deal with Bankia to complete the stadium and transfer the old Mestalla property to the bank. It is expected to take approximately two years to complete the stadium.
The stadium architects are Reid Fenwick Asociados and ArupSport, and the cost is estimated between 250 and 300 million euros. The design features a futuristic exterior, clad in aluminium and an interior of wood. It is being built on the site of a former factory in the neighbourhood of Benicalap.
The plans of the new stadium were unveiled in 2006 and on 10 November 2006, former president Juan Soler and the club unveiled details about the stadium and presented a short film about the stadium at the Museu Príncipe Felipe in Valencia. The work on Nou Mestalla began in August 2007. It was due to be completed in the early summer 2009 in time for the 2009–10 season, but due to financial problems this date has been postponed.
On 12 December 2011, the Spanish bank Bankia agreed to finance the finishing of the stadium in exchange for the land plots on which the old stadium was built. As part of this agreement, the club got its debts, which had almost reached 600 million Euros, reduced to around 100 million Euros.
On 13 November 2013, Valencia announced an updated redesign by Fenwick Iribarren Architects. The new design reduced the capacity to 61,500. It also reduced the underground car park and downsized the original design's full roof and elaborate façade. There were also redesigns of the interior decoration. No date was given for when construction would restart.
On 26 May 2008, four construction workers lost their lives following the collapse of some scaffolding on the Nou Mestalla site. At midday on 28 May, trades union UGT and CC.OO. called a five-minute silence for the tragedy, which was observed throughout the Valencian Community in all sectors of industry.
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