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Brest supporters LOIC VENANCE / AFP
The addition for the future stadium of the Breton club is higher than expected.
The owners of the Stade Brestois presented Monday a new version of their stadium project, the envelope of which has soared to more than 106 million euros and which will have to be subsidized in part by public funds. “Inflation has hit us hard and the financing of the project is now anticipated at 106.5 million euros.against 85 million a year ago, due tosoaring raw material and energy costs“, declared Denis Le Saint, owner with his brother Gérard of Stade Brestois, during a press conference.
“This new deal has forced us to rearrange the financial package, in order to mobilize additional resources“, he added, emphasizing having “need for the participation of all the public actors of the territory via subsidies, up to 25% of the budget, i.e. 27 million euros“. “Today everyone must take their responsibilities“, added Mr. Le Saint, who had threatened in the local press to “to withdraw» football and handball clubs (Brest Bretagne Handball) if the project does not take place. “We will p this stage so the question will not arise“, replied François Cuillandre, PS mayor of Brest and president of the metropolis, explaining during the press conference to understand”the impatience of club officials“.
A 15,000-seat stadium completed in 2027
The Brittany region and the department of Finistère have also been asked to subsidize the project, installed on 17 hectares of agricultural land in Guipavas, on the edge of the Brest urban area. Denis Le Saint mentioned a start of work in 2025 for a 15,000-seat stadium completed in 2027.
It is a capacity similar to that of the Francis Le Blé stadium, where the club currently plays in the heart of Brest but which no longer meets professional football standards. Mr. Cuillandre ruled out a renovation of the Francis Le Blé stadium, estimated according to him at 50 million euros, evoking a solution “totally unsatisfactory“. “It will not remain a stadium. We can make housing there, a little green space“, he said. Founded in 1950, Stade Brestois entered the elite for the first time in 1979 but experienced several relegations. Reembled in 2019, it has struggled to maintain itself in recent seasons.