After not reaching an agreement with the Paris City Hall, PSG will officially make a bid to acquire the Stade de France by the end of April when the deadline for such submissions is scheduled to be due, according to L'Equipe.
It is nothing new to report that Paris Saint-Germain want to expand the capacity of the Parc des Princes stadium beyond its current 48,000-spectator room.
The problem? Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, doesn't want PSG to acquire the Parc des Princes and do that.
The solution? Move on, acquire another stadium, or just build a new venue from the ground. After this latest news, though, everything points toward PSG leaning toward the former option, with a bid to buy the Stade de France from the government a more probable outcome than it ever was before.
According to L'Equipe, PSG want to solve an "economic problem" by expanding the Parc des Princes thanks to the increased revenues that would report, but also to enlarge the "prestige" of the club and QSI by extension. Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants to "significantly increase the ticketing and hospitality revenue" as well as to make the stadium a viable option to eventually host a Champions League final.
PSG want a stadium that can host the Champions League final and 60,000+ supporters
As the president of PSG sees it, hosting such an event in his own stadium would be "a form of consecration," something that would add to winning the competition--which has yet to happen after more than a decade since he acquired the organization.
In order for the Parc des Princes to be eligible to host the UCL final, though, it'd meet the requirement of having at least 60,000 seats, which is currently more than 12,000 away from reaching. Outside, the Parc des Princes has a current capacity of 48,000 places.
To solve that and knowing they will be denied the acquisition of the Parc, PSG are determined to bid for the acquisition of the Stade de France ahead of the April 27 deadline. L'Equipe informed that after the bidding ends on that date, "there will be another phase afterward if the PSG bid is approved." According to information obtained by the French newspaper, PSG will be the only "local organization" bidding to acquire the stadium, which should make them a favorite to end up winning the rights for its purchase.
Although the maximum capacity of the Stade de France is set at 80,000 places, PSG know getting there might be a bit of a stretch and would therefore be happy with the venue hosting 70,000 seated supporters. The preliminary plans for the stadium include "tilting the stands and bringing them closer to the lawn," revealed L'Equipe.
If PSG end up moving to another place, such as the Stade de France, it'd mark the first time in the history of the club they would have played away from their home at the Parc des Princes since the organization was founded in 1970.