Feyenoord would have rejected a bid of 50 million euros from a Rotterdam investor. The club did not want to agree with the demand that the current Kuip be retained.
It AD writes on Saturday that Feyenoord was approached by billionaire Aat van Herk in May last year, at the start of the corona crisis. He wanted to invest 50 million euros in the poor top club.
“We have presented an investment plan of 50 million euros, partly intended to secure the current stadium, partly intended to invest in the football club,” says Erwin Eekelaar who was present at the meeting. Eekelaar is the head of action group Red de Kuip, which wants to prevent Feyenoord from building a new stadium.
“The investment had to be a first quick step to get through the corona crisis and to give Feyenoord a strong boost”, Eekelaar explains. “But after that it remained quiet. No reaction.”
Feyenoord has already invested tens of millions of euros in the Feyenoord City project. It is expected that the club will definitively agree to the construction of a new stadium next autumn, which should appear on the Maas right next to the current Kuip. De Nieuwe Kuip must be completed in 2025.
Archive photo of Feyenoord fans protesting against the new construction plans.
Many Feyenoord fans want to keep old Kuip
There is a lot of opposition to the new stadium among supporters of the current number five of the Eredivisie. Feyenoord has been playing in De Kuip since 1937.
Action group Red de Kuip previously designed an expansion of the current stadium with a third ring, which could increase the capacity from 50,000 to 63,000 spectators. The costs for this would amount to 230 million euros, more than 200 million less than the construction of a new stadium.
Design of the Nieuwe Kuip. On the right the old stadium.
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