Six years after the first plans, the proceedings for expanding the RheinEnergieSportpark has been brought to a close. A clear majority in the City Council voted for the plans on Thursday. The decision is a crucial step in the FC's plan to create three artificial pitches for the youth teams and a joint performance centre for youth and first-team players at Geißbockheim.
FC President Dr. Werner Wolf said: “The administration and politicians of Köln have proven to be a reliable partner and, after weighing up the alternatives in a transparent, detailed and also controversial process, have clearly committed themselves to Geißbockheim as the location for 1. FC Köln. We are very grateful. This decision is not only an important signal for FC. I congratulate our employees and all partners involved, who have been working persistently, professionally and with commitment on this topic for FC.”
FC managing director Alexander Wehrle said: “We have received a lot of support over the past few years, but also contradiction. This is part of such a project and is completely legitimate. The compromises we have made with administration and politicians are good for all sides: for FC, for the sports city of Köln and its citizens, but also for nature and climate protection, which will benefit hugely through the compensation measures financed by us in Grünzug West. In the end, the decision was made by the elected representatives and that is how it should be.”
FC managing director Horst Heldt said: “For our club, especially for the children and teenagers, the parents and employees in the FC youth academy, this decision is a sign of progress. We have a perspective in this unique location and we have our city's backing for it. We are extremely pleased and it will give us a boost.”
1. FC Köln would like to thank…
1. FC Köln appeal to the critics of the project to respect the decision of the elected representatives in the sense of representative, urban democracy. FC President Dr. Werner Wolf said: “Of course it is possible to sue against council decisions. We are well prepared for such a case, especially due to the successful goal deviation process. However, I hope that with this clear vote by the Council and in a common spirit, we can bring the project to a respectful and factual conclusion. ”