In 2018, we unveiled the design for the new National Stadium, which will be built on the site of the existing Victoria Stadium. Since this unveiling, more specifically in April last year, UEFA made an important change to its regulations governing stadia, allowing for small countries within UEFA, including Gibraltar, an exception to the rule that stadia used for full internationals (i.e. Category 4 stadia) had to have a minimum capacity of 8,000.
Therefore, in consultation with our project management team and UEFA, it was decided to review the existing design to take advantage of this exception and reduce the capacity from 8,000 to 4,700 which both the GFA and UEFA feel is an ideal size for our population and for our sporting needs.
This process naturally resulted in some visual and conceptual changes to the existing plans, even though the majority of the design features and facilities will remain the same. Consequently, and in order to remain on course in acquiring full planning permission within our planned timeline, this new design must be re-submitted for an Environmental Screening this month.
We shall be presenting the new design in depth in the coming months, and in the meantime thank you for your continued support.