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Oct 11, 2013

PSG given stadium revamp go-ahead

The mayor of Paris has given the go-ahead for Paris Saint-Germain's home, the Parc des Princes, to be given a major facelift after Euro 2016.

Paris' main ring road, the Peripherique, runs right underneath the Parc des Princes
PSG want to expand the capacity of the Parc Des Princes.

Bertrand Delanoe, 63, who will step down from his role after mayoral elections in March next year, signed a letter addressed to PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi stating his approval for renovation of the stadium, which is owned by the city of Paris.

The France national team will play their first international in some four years at the venue when they face Australia on Friday, and it will host matches at Euro 2016 before work could begin on upping the capacity from 45,000 to nearer the 60,000 demanded by PSG's ambitious Qatari owners, Qatar Sports Investments (QSI).

Reportedly unhappy that the Parc des Princes was not big enough for the scale of their vision for the club, QSI were initially thought to have been considering moving to another location given the difficulties of increasing the stadium's size due to surrounding residential buildings surrounding and the inner Paris ring road which actually runs directly beneath it.

However, in an interview with Le Parisien last year, Al Khelaifi explained: "Our will is to stay here. The first option is to demolish and then rebuild the Parc on the same site to make it a 60,000-capacity venue. It's a very ambitious project."

That latter option looks unlikely to happen, however, with Paris' elected officials against the idea, which is estimated to cost between 350 and 400 million euros, meaning QSI will have to settle for a less far-reaching solution. Furthermore, Delanoe's successor would not be legally bound to abide by the current mayor's decision.

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