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The GFA is hoping to have the project underway by the end of the year


■ Europa Point stadium Gibraltar Opening: 2016


The Gibraltar Football Association’s (GFA) plans for a stadium have faced a number of challenges – not least after it was ordered by the Development and Planning Commission (DPC) to cease “unauthorised work” being carried out on the proposed Europa Point stadium. Opinion has been divided on the project with some stating that Europa Point – one of the only open fl at spaces still left in Gibraltar – will be ruined, as will the panoramic views of the Strait, Morocco and Spain as well as lead to signifi cant traffi c problems on match days. Architects Fenwick Iribarren, say that the stadium will be a multi-purpose venue that will host school sports days, have an area


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for old age pensioners, a medical centre for sports related injuries and a sports library. The GFA is aiming to offi cially open


the venue in 2016 with a view to hosting international games. The British territory’s football team currently uses the Victoria Stadium – which does not meet FIFA’s regulations to host international football matches. Gibraltar, which is also aiming for FIFA membership in time to play in the qualifi ers for the 2018 World Cup, is looking to build an 8,000-capacity stadium at at the coveted Europa Point on the south of the island. The stadium will also be used for music concerts. The 23,000sq m (247,500sq ft) football


ground will feature a 105m x 68m grass pitch and will come complete with full medical and media facilities, as well as spaces for catering or retail outlets and the GFA’s offi cial headquarters. Details: http://lei.sr?a=Y6l0D


■ Craven Cottage London, UK Opening: 2015


Fulham Football Club has been granted a river works licence to enable it to progress on a redevelop- ment of its Riverside Stand. The expansion will see stadium capacity increased to 30,000 seats from 25,000 with the new stand designed to mirror the bend in the river. The new stand will also provide facilities for community and other uses on non-match days. Architects KSS Group has been


chosen for the redevelopment, with the rebuild cost being kept confi dential. Details: http://lei.sr?a=h5Y3h


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