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New hockey national hockey stadium to be built in Ukkel

Hockey is becoming more popular in Belgium and the need the for a national hockey stadium has become ever more apparent. Thanks to a 14-million-euro joint venture involving the Federal Investment Fund for Brussels Beliris, the Brussels-Capital Region and the Belgian Hockey Association a new national hockey stadium will be built in the Brussels municipality of Ukkel. The site for the new stadium in the Neerstalle area of Ukkel will be adjacent to other sport facilities, is well-served by public transport and is only around 1.5 kilometres from the Brussels Orbital Motorway.


Just a day after Belgium’s national men’s hockey team took gold at the Tokyo Olympics, the Mayor of Ukkel Boris Dilliès (Francophone liberal) has confirmed that the new national hockey stadium will be built in his municipality. It will be built on land adject to the Ukkel Sport football stadium on the Zwartebeekstraat.

Mr Dilliès told the VRT that the choice of Ukkel as the site for the new stadium is not a coincidence.

"Our municipality is perfect place”. Ukkel is home to two First Division hockey clubs, Leopold and Racing. Furthermore, several members of the national hockey team live in Ukkel.

A budget of 14 million euro has been set aside for the construction of the stadium. Although the plans still need to be finalised, a 5,000-seater stadium that will be fully integrated into the municipality’s existing sport infrastructure is being proposed. It is hoped that the stadium will be ready in around 5 years’ time.


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