Brussels Parliamentarians Arnaud Verstraete (Green) and Arnaud Pinxteren (Ecolo) visited the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille with the aim to find inspiration for the transformation of the King baudouin stadium in Brussels. This stadium is suitable for all kinds of events, and was built in a public-private partnership. Last year there were next to football, rugby, tennis, handball, motocross to admire, but also several concerts and festivals. Arnaud Verstraete (Green): “Green and Ecolo are in favour of the transformation of the King baudouin stadium into a multifunctional sports infrastructure”, says Green.
“The lille property experience confirms that a contemporary stadium for multiple sports and events can be used and that such an approach has much more to offer for the population. In addition, it shows the French example, too, that the government has everything to gain from more transparency, participation, and stronger negotiations.”
On the basis of a presentation, videos and a guided tour was the great asset of the stadium in Lille, namely the multi-functionality, put in the paint, so to find Green and Ecolo. Arnaud Verstraete (Green): “It is important to determine which features we need in Brussels. Green and Ecolo, there must be in addition to large events (such as topmatchen and the Memorial Van Damme) also for the local sports clubs to the daily use of a converted stadium for both indoor and outdoorsporten. ”
The stadium in Lille was built by a company of the group Eiffage, which is also responsible for the operation. The metropolitaine region pay an annual fee, but also gets income from the use of the stadium. After 31 years is MEL the owner of the stadium and all of the surrounding buildings. “There is, in Lille, much better to negotiate the conditions than by the Eurostadionproject, where all the passions to one privéspeler went and all the expenses of the community camps”, says Arnaud Verstraete (Green).
“Of course, we have this model, not blindly copy, it is mainly a source of inspiration for Brussels, where we have our own model to work on, in all transparency and in consultation with all stakeholders”, concludes Arnaud Pinxteren (Ecolo).