Cagliari City Council has finally approved planning permission for a new 21,000-seat stadium for Italian Serie B club Cagliari this week.
This ‘yes’ is the first crucial step towards construction of the new stadium, which the club is set to invest €55m (£44.5m/US$62.6m) into and in turn, hopes to sell the stadium’s naming rights to recoup some of this investment.
When announcing approval of the project, the Council cited the huge amount of positive public interest in the proposal as one of the main drivers for green-lighting the new stadium.
Thanks to this week’s vote, the project can now ‘officially’ kick off the process that will lead to the realisation of #lanostraCasa; an innovative project that focuses on the area, sport and the fans, and is notable for the redevelopment of the area, while delivering the highest standards of service, safety and environmental friendliness.
The club’s current Sant’Elia stadium is due to be demolished in May 2017 and the new structure – be compliant with UEFA Category 4 requirements – to built in its place and delivered by June 2019.
Cagliari Calcio is aiming to develop a new, modern, safe and sustainable stadium, together with a commercial area, creating an attractive complementary area adjacent to Cagliari’s city centre and the Mediterranean Sea. The stadium itself will include a fanshop, a museum, a ticketing centre, a dedicated kids area, Club offices, a conference centre, rooms for Cagliari Calcio youth players, some luxury rooms for first team players and one restaurant included in the hospitality area.
The hospitality area will be 4,000sqm, located in the main stand, which will also feature more than 15 skyboxes, as well as one roof-top restaurant with pitch views and one club (skybar) with sea views.
The additional commercial area development (c.15,000sqm) will include a shopping mall, a Cagliari Calcio-branded sports bar, a sports medical and physiotherapy centre with wellness area and a sports centre.
Moreover, in front of the new stadium’s main stand, there will be: one training ground for 11 x 11 football, one for 7 x 7 football and one for 5-a-side football, together with two multifunctional sporting grounds for basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc., and a boxing and martial arts gym. These facilities will be available to the Club and to the local community.
New parking places will be created and the entire Sant’Elia area will be regenerated considering that the Municipality is currently pursuing multiple projects in order to improve the life quality of the neighbourhood.
Cagliari Calcio has developed the entire project with the support of B Futura, the infrastructural platform of Lega B, created precisely in order to assist Clubs throughout every steps of a new stadium development process.
B Futura works with a team of highly qualified partners providing advice in every aspect of the project. Those partners, all leaders in their markets, are: The Stadium Consultancy, McDermott Will&Emery, Repucom, Larry Smith, Eos Consulting Spa and Iniziativa.
The Head of B Futura, Lorenzo Santoni, said regarding the Cagliari City Council’s approval:
The project of the new Sant’Elia stadium is the first in Italy that follows the new Law 147 of 2013 iter, a Law that provides defined and certain timing of every phase of project development. The Council approval represents an important signal in a country, as Italy, that wants and need to renovate its sport venues. The hope is that Cagliari stadium example will represents an incentive for the other projects B Futura is developing with the municipalities and football Clubs of Pescara, Avellino, Crotone and Como.
This YouTube video shows some stunning pictures of the planned project.