Offer from Union for stadium on Bemptsite officially rejected by municipality of Vorst


The bid that the Union Sint-Gillis football club had made for the construction of a new stadium on the Bempt site in Vorst was rejected by the city council on Tuesday evening. The opposition abstained during the vote.


Union considers a new stadium crucial to the club’s future. The current Joseph Marien Stadium is not suitable for playing European matches. The club had therefore made a bid of 3.5 million euros to the municipality of Vorst to build a stadium on the Bempt site.

The council had previously issued a negative advice for the stadium plans. During the city council on Tuesday evening, which was attended by about twenty supporters of Union, the offer was therefore officially rejected.

Negotiations with Brussels Region

The councilors do recognize the need for a new stadium to ensure Union’s viability in the first division. An amendment was adopted guaranteeing further negotiations with the club and the Brussels Region.

Brussels State Secretary for Urban Planning Pascal Smet ( had already announced last week that he would take over the discussions on the stadium dossier together with Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort (PS).

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