Expansion plan for Spain’s oldest football stadium unveiled for 2030 World Cup bid

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El Molinón stadium in Asturias, the oldest professional football ground in Spain, is to be expanded by 9,000 seats as part of its application to become one of the hosts of the 2030 FIFA World Cup finals.

The 33,650-capacity stadium is the home of Real Sporting de Gijón. The expansion, which was designed by Mexican British architects Sordo Madaleno, will take the form of 10 ramps that weave around its exterior.

As well as the seating, the 12,600 sq m extension will contain restaurants, shops and cultural areas that are open to the public.

Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro, said: “Our close collaboration with Real Sporting de Gijón is about rethinking stadium design in a way that makes for a truly public place for everyone in the city to appreciate.

“It’s about connecting with Asturias and its people through an inclusive approach to architecture and ensuring that El Molinón thrives beyond 2030.”

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