Sports and football club officials are set for a crunch meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday in a bid to finally get the all clear and begin construction for a new stadium in Limassol.
Plans to construct the new stadium in the city have hit the ropes in recent years due to lack of funds and squabbling between Limassol’s main clubs that will be using the ground – namely Aris Limassol, AEL and Apollon.
Other clubs in Limassol that were in the first division this season include AEZ and Karmiotissa.
Speaking to state radio on Monday, Cyprus Sports Organisation (CSO) Kleanthis Georgiades set the meeting was set to take place later in the day at the Presidential Palace and will “hopefully see many technical difficulties and outstanding issues finally overcome.”
He added: “Once we get the overall picture after the meeting, we will know where we stand and how we need to proceed. Our demand is that the construction for the new stadium gets underway as soon as possible. Club representatives along with technocrats will also be at the meeting.”
Last year, Anastasiades pledged to all three clubs that the government would help them build a new 12,000-seater stadium in the Kolossi area of Limassol, where all AEL, Apollon and Aris had been granted land by the state almost 20 years ago with the purpose of one day building their own grounds.
Depending on how soon a tender is found, it is believed construction could get underway just after the turn of the New Year. The construction costs are set to be between €15million and €17m. The funding will be provided by the state and distributed by the CSO.
The current Tsirion Stadium in Limassol, which has a capacity of 13,000, has remained the town’s only major football ground since it was first constructed in 1975 but poor maintenance has resulted in the stadium – once the island’s biggest and most ground sports complex – taking a backseat to other more lavish venues such as Nicosia’s GSP Stadium.
The stadium also serves as the home ground to the Limassol Athletics Club (GSO) who in turn hold the responsibility of running the daily operations of the ground.
AEK Larnaca had also secured funding to construct their own stadium and the AEK Arena was unveiled this season.