PAOK’s plans for Toumba begin to take shape
Plans to modernize the club’s historic home ground took a big step forward in meetings this week.
PAOK’s long discussed plans to modernize Toumba appear to be back on track after the club received clearance to proceed with their plans for rebuilding the historic venue.
Initially targeting to start construction as early as 2013, PAOK’s plans to revamp Toumba into a modern European-style venue were put on hold after various setbacks. A more positive mood surrounded the discussions this week as Savvidis appears determined to increase the prestige of the club not just in Greece, but in Europe as well.
PAOK Chairman Ivan Savvidis spearheaded talks this week as the club look to complete the bureaucratic process and start to break ground on the reconstruction by the end of the Super League season.
While the main goal appears to modernize Toumba, the project is also expected to increase capacity to a minimum of 33,000 – the current capacity is at a maximum 26,845.
Early estimates indicate that the entire project will cost the club around 50 million euros, though the final figure is expected to be confirmed in a future report from the club.
PAOK’s plans for Toumba also include a new training facility, a venue for the youth team’s matches, as well as a complex to house players and their families.
News of revamping Toumba comes with further news that PAOK would relocate to Kaftanzogelio for a minimum of two years, or however long it takes for the reconstruction of Toumba to be completed. It was also revealed that improvements would be made to Kaftanzogleio to allow for a “smooth transition” of the Dikefalos tou Vorra.
The distance between Toumba and Kaftanzogleio is roughly 3 kilometres, which should allow the club’s supporters to still provide the electric atmosphere during the club’s temporary relocation.