The Antonio Lorenzo Cuevas municipal stadium in Marbella is to be pulled down and a new sports facility built in its place.
The stadium was closed at the end of May for a technical survey after part of the structure of the stands came loose.
The town's mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, has now announced the decision to demolish after the study determined that a partial rebuilding project was not possible.
The new project will be developed along two lines. The space under the stadium formerly used as the municipal car pound (this was recently moved to new premises) will be rehabilitated to create a public car park. Meanwhile the new sports stadium will be constructed.
In September the contract for the car park project will be put out to tender and firms will also be invited to submit their designs to the contest of ideas for the stadium. The mayor said that the project would create a "modern, sustainable and efficient sports facility in accordance with the town's needs", adding that she hoped it would be "an emblematic project".
The car park will have 156 conventional spaces, six for vehicles of people with reduced mobility, five for electric recharging and 14 for motorcycles. With an estimated budget of 3.5 million euros and a construction time of about twelve months, Muñoz hopes it can be finished in 2023.
The old stadium has an athletics track that is not officially approved, although the town will have a certified outdoor track in the future Guadaiza sports complex. The mayor explained, therefore, that the new project must include an indoor track which would be located in the space available under the football pitch due to the incline of the street, along with a municipal gym and rooms for other sports.
This new project rules out the proposal presented a year ago by Best of You, the company that manages Marbella Fútbol Club, for a project that included hotel and commercial facilities and for which a modification of the town's urban plan would have been necessary.