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Ligue 1: Bordeaux town hall wants to sell the Matmut stadium, "financial, sporting and ecological fiasco"


LE SCAN SPORT - The mayor of Bordeaux, Pierre Hurmic, has confirmed his long-standing desire to sell the Matmut Atlantique, which has been operating at a loss since 2015.

Funded to the tune of 183 million euros around a public-private partnership, the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, which emerged from the ground in 2015 just before the Euro football tournament in France, could change ownership.

Asked by Sud-Ouest, the Gironde mayor, Pierre Hurmic reaffirmed his intention to get rid of the enclosure which the municipality drags like a ball according to him.

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There will be no public money invested in the new stadium.

It is out of the question that it is the taxpayer who finances the excesses of football business.

This investment is a financial, sporting and ecological fiasco,

”explained the city councilor.

In place since July 2020, the mayor of Europe Ecology the Greens, denounced an installation with an “


carbon footprint

, in particular in the field of lawn maintenance.

The city of Bordeaux has been taken for a ride by UEFA,

” regretted Pierre Hurmic, who is trying to save money for his city.

An operating deficit since 2015

A meeting is planned between the mayor, Alain Anziani, the president of Bordeaux Métropole and the subsidiary of Vinci and Fayat, SBA (Stade Bordeaux Atlantique), which built the stadium and which is responsible for operating it until 2045. "

I will do everything to put this stadium on sale,

”hammered the Bordeaux elected official who hopes to convince the new owner Gérard Lopez to support this project.

It seems normal to me that a sports club invests in the stadium where it plays.

It is never good to have shell companies

, ”he insisted.

Sud-Ouest recalls that the stadium's operation has been in deficit since the first financial year, in 2015, to the tune of 15 million euros.

In Marseille too, the town hall wants to get rid of the Vélodrome

Bordeaux is not the only stronghold of French football to want to stop all funding for its stadium.

Benoît Payan, elected socialist in Marseille, also wants to separate from the Velodrome stadium, the financial management of which has become too heavy.

The stadium, I want to sell it because it costs me too much money.

I want to sell it because it is a financial mess.

I said this when I was in opposition.

I will if I find a buyer.

I will manage in the months, the years to come to find a buyer.

The stadium is no longer possible, niet, finished!

15 million euros from the pocket of the Marseillais for thirty years it's over, ”

he said in February 2021.

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In 2018, OM obtained the commercial management of the Vélodrome stadium.

The Marseille club, which pays around five million euros per year to the city to play in this stadium (while a report from the Regional Chamber of Accounts dating from 2020 estimated that the score should rise to eight million euros) , is obviously no longer in a hurry to acquire it.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-10-15

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