King Baudouin Stadium, formerly known as Heysel Stadium, got extensively redeveloped in the 1990s, but lacks the modern facilities of the newly built stadiums of these days.
However, decisions on building new national stadiums are not taken quickly, and things get even more difficult in Belgium with multiple governments involved.
The present plans aim to built a complete new stadium with a capacity of 60,000 seats at the site of a car park close to King Baudouin Stadium, though just outside the Brussels city limits, which meant that the government of Flanders had to get involved. As the site directly borders the Brussels city limits and is dependent on the city in terms of mobility and safety, no stadium could get built without the city giving the go ahead either.
In the end, the debate got most intense on whether the new stadium should include an athletics track. King Baudouin Stadium is the proud …read more