Vitesse simply has to pay the full rent for the GelreDome in the coming months. The subdistrict court in Arnhem determined that on Friday in summary proceedings about rent reduction that the club had filed against stadium owner Michael van de Kuit.
Vitesse pays about 150,000 euros per month for the rental of the GelreDome and wants this amount to be canceled or halved as long as the corona crisis cannot play football. Van de Kuit did not agree with the proposal, which is why the Arnhemmers went to court.
The lawyer of Vitesse said last week at the hearing in the court of Arnhem that there are fears for the survival of the club. “If nothing is done about the rent, Vitesse will not survive. It is crucial that it is adjusted to get through the crisis.”
The subdistrict court judge would actually only make a decision on Tuesday, but Vitesse indicated that it was urgent because the rent must be remitted on Monday. The judgment states that Vitesse “does not have sufficient substantive substantiation” to reduce the amount.
“Let that Russian billionaire go to the bank”
According to Vitesse’s lawyer, the club will lose 3.6 million euros if the rest of this year is to be played in an empty stadium and the club expects a turnover loss of 6.9 million euros if the entire next season without supporters in the GelreDome be finished.
Nevertheless, Van de Kuit did not feel like adding water to the wine. “Do the players and management pay, but not the stadium? That is not possible. Let that Russian billionaire of them pay a little extra”, he said in an interview in March with Quote on Vitesse owner Valeriy Oyf.
Vitesse has already taken internal measures to limit the financial damage caused by the corona crisis. The players, staff and management will have to hand in part of the salary in the coming months. Soccer will probably not be played in the Eredivisie until September at the earliest.