The ESA Arena project aims at continuing and deepening the Mini-ESA experience, that is to say a program for Brussels young promising athletes in a limited number of sports. ESA Arena wants to make the most of the renovation of the City Sport (Woluwé-Saint-Pierre Sports Centre), planned by the municipality, to include additional sports facilities, training venues, courses and meeting facilities, and relaxation and well-being places, by calling on private investors to complement public funding. So this is a PPP involving public investments (municipality of WSP and the Brussels-Capital Region in a proportion of 40-60) and private investment (partners have already been identified and are interested in the file).
Around ten sports are considered, including athletics, hockey, basketball, swimming, tennis, judo, fitness room, etc. The centre must have a strong foothold in Brussels. Indeed, in the Flemish and Walloon Regions, there are high-level centres in Gent and Louvain-la-Neuve, while there is none in Brussels. The ESA Arena project is placed in an environment which must of course remain open to the public.
The road map (2015-2018) describes three phases
- 1. Fall 2015 – Fall 2016
Initiation and design phase (bilateral contacts, team-building, contacts with stakeholders, final business plan, financial package).
- 2. Fall 2016 – Fall 2017
Definition and preparation phase (final plans and permit application).
- 3. Fall 2017 – Fall 2018
Realisation and operation phase (construction and start of operation).