On Wednesday, Luxembourg City's municipal authorities organised a visit to the construction site of the new national football and rugby stadium.

At the visit, mayor Lydie Polfer confirmed that the stadium's construction works will be completed by 1 May 2020. However, football and rugby teams will not immediately be able to use the stadium for games.

Instead, teams will have to wait until the second half of 2020.

As a result, it appears that the completion of the stadium is running with a year's delay. As Polfer confirmed, construction works had been disrupted by three weeks of poor weather during the winter. The costs of the project remain at the €60 million mark. The Ministry of Sport is subsidising 70% of the costs.

The new Minister of Sport Dan Kersch took the opportunity to get to explore the stadium in more detail. He affirmed that the infrastructure of the new stadium is sorely needed. The stadium will have 9,385 covered seats, around 1,300 more than the Josy Barthel stadium.

As for the name of the stadium, the authorities remain settled on 'National Stadium of Luxembourg' (Stade national de Luxembourg).

© Val Wagner