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Plans cancelled for Hague Sports Campus

Published: 13 July 2012 Modified: 06 September 2012

Plans for the ambitious sports arena in The Hague’s Zuiderpark have been called off for the time being. The Vestia housing corporation, one of the partners in the Hague Sports Campus, is planning to pull out of the € 120 million project.

Last week the Municipality of The Hague was still hopeful that the project would go ahead as planned. While the financially-troubled housing corporation was planning to put a halt to 1,500 construction and renovation projects in The Hague, the sports campus in Zuiderpark wasn’t yet on the list.

The disappointment is great now that the so-called ‘Papendal’ (Dutch National Sports Centre) in the Randstad may not be seeing the light of day. The other two partners in the project, The Hague University and the Municipality of The Hague, are not accepting this course of events and are considering legal action.

The Zuiderpark Sports Campus was meant to be built on the site of the former ADO Den Haag football stadium and open in 2015. It would have a sports arena with 3,500 seats, various halls for recreational sports, beach sports and gymnastics as well as nine sports fields. The Hague University’s Academy of Sport Studies and ROC Mondriaan’s Sport & Movement College would also relocate there and the Delft University of Technology and VU University Amsterdam would conduct academic research there.

FaulknerBrowns Architects from Newcastle-upon-Tyne was chosen at the end of 2011 as the preferred designer for the Sports Campus in Zuiderpark.

Artist's impression of Sports Campus in Zuiderpark.

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