Gamba Osaka look to fans and businesses to complete new stadium
Gamba Osaka is turning to its supporters and local businesses to try and raise the remaining 3B yen ($30M) it needs to build its new 40,000-capacity stadium, due for completion in mid-2015, reports Sport Business. Construction on the 14B yen ($140 million) football-dedicated stadium to replace the current 21,000-seater multi-purpose arena was scheduled to begin in July, but was pushed back to December for further surveys after tunnels were discovered under the new site, a former World War II munitions dump.
This allowed Gamba to resume its fundraising drive this month after donations from supporters fell sharply following the team's relegation from the top division to J2 last season.
Gamba spokesperson Koichi Otani told SBD Global: "The original campaign finished in March this year, but has now been extended to March 31, 2014. The aim is to collect all the money from private sources: fans and businesses."