The Deliberative Council of Santos approved today (1), by a large majority in open voting, “the establishment of a partnership for the construction of Arena Vila Belmiro”. The continuity of the new stadium project, through WTorre, now depends on the “yes” of the associates, in an assembly that will be held on December 17th.
The current Vila Belmiro would be demolished for the construction of the arena on the same land. The project foresees capacity for 30,108 fans. The expected cost is R$ 300 million, with a concession for the WTower over a period of 30 years. The arena could host shows for up to 35,000 payers, would have 63 stores and synthetic grass. The Fish would not need to invest anything. The box office on game days will be 100% Santos, as well as expenses with energy, security, replacement of broken chairs and other routine expenses.
“Santos has zero obligation to put money, zero cash. It will be done in advance [venda de cadeiras e camarotes] and financing of WTorre”, said Claudio Macedo, CEO of the company responsible for Allianz Parque, in Palmeiras.
The idea of the project is to sell 5,000 cabins and captive chairs in advance to enable the start of the renovation, create a partner model to accompany the arena and capitalize R$ 200 million. The work will only start when these R$ 200 million have been raised. The pre-sale should take place on Peixe’s birthday, on April 14th. WTorre says it has reached an agreement with two banks to finance the remaining R$100 million. As the construction should last 24 months, Santos would need a new stadium to play. Peixe closed an agreement with Portuguesa and the Paulista Football Federation (FPF) for Canindé to be the second home.
In order to readjust the initially budgeted values, Santos agreed to change the coverage of the arena and the protection will not occur on the lawn, only on the stands. There was also a change in the commercial area.
The dream of an arena is old at Santos and has been discussed for at least three administrations: Luis Álvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, Modesto Roma and José Carlos Peres. With President Andres Rueda, the project can finally get off the ground.
See the details:
Built area: 71,690.46 m²
Commercial area: 4,940 m²
External stores: 36
Internal stores: 27
Vacancies covered: 576
Bleachers: 13,769 (standing)
Bleachers: 7,652 (seated)
Upper bleachers: 2,605
Premium deck: 3,877 (standing)
Premium deck: 1,146 (seated)
Cabins – 80 units: 1,060
Height: 39m (equivalent to 13 floors)