After lengthy negotiations, Steaua officials have reached an agreement with the Ministry of Defence and will return to Ghencea, the stadium on which the team registered its most important victories, hotnews.ro informs.
The only problem yet to be solved is that of the club’s debt, which according to the MoD totals EUR 600,000. Club owner Gigi Becali has a lower figure in mind. “The court will decide what the real figure is. I’m not saying there’s no debt, it’s just not as high as they claim. Anyway, this court case will not influence our current agreement. Neither this case nor that concerning the team’s brand,” Gigi Becali stated.
Steaua vacated the stadium in the summer of 2011, complaining of the high rent it had to pay to the Ministry of Defence. From then on Steaua played its home games in Buzau, Constanta, Ploiesti and on Bucharest’s National Arena. The Ghencea stadium’s pitch is in top condition after it was replaced by the MoD in the summer of 2011.
Sources familiar with the negotiations have stated for realitatea.net that Steaua will pay EUR 20,000 for every game it plays there and will also pay the utilities. The negotiations lasted a month, the MoD eventually accepting the club’s conditions. According to ‘ProSport,’ Steaua will return to the stadium next week when it returns from Antalya. In his turn, Gigi Becali accepted the conditions raised by the MoD after he found out that the National Arena will be closed down in order to get prepared for the UEFA Europa League final. Steaua will play all of its games in Ghencea, except its UEFA Europa League game against Twente Enschede and the ones to follow it provided the team qualifies for the next stages.