La Romareda’s current location is in line with FIFA recommendations for Zaragoza to host the 2030 World Cup

The current location of La Romareda endorse the main recommendations of the Fifa for the 2030 world cup with “provisional, temporary and reversible actions” with regard to public transport, car parks, approach rings, the VIP area and service areas. This is stated in a report by the consulting firm IDOM ordered by him Zaragoza City Hall to find out if the current stadium would meet the needs required by the international federation to host the World Cup competition.

In this sense, the document specifies that La Romareda, like other major stadiums in Spain, could serve as one more venue for the world cup because “it is well located to favor public transport and parking lots, there is an outdoor security zone of at least 10,000 square meters, and three spaces of 3,000 square meters of easy access and centrally located which serve as reception areas for fans”. They are some of the keys that the councilor for town planning and equipment of the town hall of Zaragoza, Victor Serranopresented this morning at a press conference with the director of the IDOM company report, César Azcárate, and the head of the Zaragoza architectural firm, Fernando Martínez Altarriba. Serrano explained that the location of the stadium “meets the requirements and recommendations to host 2030”. The municipal official presented to the idom architects Cesar Azcarate and Fernando Altarriba, report authors which justifies that location, and highlighted the “Long experience in the design of the San Mamés stadium, the Nou Estadi de Mestalla or in the basic project of the New field“.

In the case of La RomaredaWhat compete with 15 other Spanish stadiums that are candidates for the organization of the 2030 World Cupthe report stresses in its analysis that “It is a stadium integrated into the urban space of the city, as is the case of the Santiago Bernabéu to Madrid, at Camp Nou in Barcelona, at the Mestalla in Valence, The rose garden in MálagaThe domain of San Mames in Bilbaothat of Riazor in La Coruña oh The Molinon in Gijon. These stadiums and their locations comply with FIFA criteria, “although they will have to adapt their environments temporarily to be able to host World Cup matches as they are in consolidated urban environments, like the Zaragoza countryside”.

Among other benefits, the document highlights the proximity of the stadium to the Miguel Servetus Hospitalwith its corresponding helipadto which could be added the play areas of several educational centers near the field which could also serve as a base for air transfers. The report also highlights hotel capacity existing around the land, and proximity to other services like the barracks local police on Domingo Miral or the Fire station number 3, located on Calle Violante in Hungary. Among the relevant aspects of the FIFA recommendations, two turn out to be the most important and possible to respect at first. On the one hand, the existence of an outdoor space of 10,000 m² which is erected in Ring 1 ASP (additional security perimeter), which according to the report would be doable between Eduardo Ibarra streets and the field, more precisely it would be 17,000 m²; and on the other hand, the need for there to be three spaces of 3,000 m² with easy and central accessalso within this ASP ring, which would be located between Parque Grande José Antonio Labordeta, Plaza del Pilar, Plaza San Francisco or Plaza de Los Sitios.

In more detail it can be the reception area for VIP buses on Calle Juan II de Aragónas well as the FIFA Members Shuttle Stop, outside Ring 1 on the south side. The pedestrian reception area for the participants would be located in a set of existing urban squares, which make it possible to absorb groups of people waiting for access control to Ring 1. This ring, colored in blue, surrounds the stadium through the streets Convent of Jerusalem, Eduardo Ibarra, Violante of Hungary, Luis Bermejo and Paseo of Isabel the Catholic. The maximum surface available would be used with the use of the current Eduardo Ibarra square, including the accesses to the underground car park.

The Ring 2 OSPthe said Exterior security perimeter, adopts a more regular proportion around the football field, placing the controlled accesses in the corners, to make way for the last control in the stadium. A) Yes, the different arrival points at the two rings would allow free movement of spectators at one of the access doors or in one of the rings, allowing leisure to be separated.

Hospitality areas would be located in the open spaces near the stadium, in areas that minimize the noise caused to residential areas. The so-called “commercial hospitality” would be located on Paseo San Sebastián, located in Parque Grande José Antonio Labordeta (shaded in light yellow), and “the Business Affiliate Village”, also in light yellow, would be located between the Zaragoza Auditorium and Field.

Transportation and parking

Until transportation, the document points out that the stadium is located “at an intermodal point of Zaragoza”. On the one hand, It is located next to the tram line, with its own stop located near the stadium. Thanks to the tram line, it appears that there is access and communication with two possible Park-and-ride at the ends of the line, in the districts of Valdespartera and Actur, at the North Parking, less than 400 meters from the nearest stops. In addition, La Romareda is also communicated with Delicias station and with Goya station suburban, thanks to bus lines 35, 42, 53 and Ci1-2, which also serve as communication links with the different areas of the city.

In this line, the document carried out an analysis of the parking areas with different capacities that can accommodate those arriving with their own vehicle or by bus:

5,000 seat capacity: nine underground car parks less than 12 minutes away which total more than the minimum required: Plaza San Francisco, Aragonia, Audiorama, Eduardo Ibarra, Seminario, Miguel Servet, Clínico and Esquinas del Psiquiátrico. In addition, there is the surface parking lot of the Colegio del Salvador and the parking lot under the CFM García Traíd, next to Aragonia, could be temporarily activated.

790 closed parking spaces for buses (3 km or 10 minutes by public transport). They could be located in the Parking Sur de la Expo, next to the Delicias station, with a public shuttle service connecting this parking lot to La Romareda:

1,100 to 2,000 closed parking spaces for cars (3 km or 10 minutes by public transport);

10,000 open parking spaces at a reasonable distance for get around on foot or by public transport.

Other Considerations

The study, taking into account the possible comparisons that may arise with the pitches that were built for the World Cup in Qatarconcludes that these stadiums have been designed in a unique context, that they are new, with certain characteristics and “most of them have a plan for reconversion or dismantling, once the World Cup is over. “This context is the only one in which each of FIFA’s requirements can be met”nothing to do with “what is envisaged in Zaragoza and La Romareda”, explains the document.

The study

The Town Hall asked IDOM for an initial analysis of the current location with regard to FIFA recommendations that the consultant concluded on July 14, although on the same day the Royal Spanish Football Federation reported on the candidate sites to host the World Cup, so the government team decided to ask the company IDOM to carry out a extension.

FORM is an international professional services company architecture, engineering and consulting has more than 4,300 people in 45 offices worldwide and is one of the five most important companies in the field of “sport”. The Zaragoza office has existed since 1965 with 120 professionals.

The person in charge of carrying out the study was the architectprofessor at the School of Architecture of the University of Navarre and member of IDOM, Caesar Azcarate.

Specifically, Azcárate is the director of the area of ​​​​sports facilities and Among his projects, works such as the new San Mamés stadium and the San Carlos de Apoquindo stadium in Chile. Currently works on the projects of the new Camp Nouthe Nou Estadi del Levante, the new Estadio de la Cerámica in Villarreal and the Monumental Stadium in River Plate, as well as the Real Betis sports complex, among others.

Leave a Comment