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Fiorentina unveil plans for new stadium

Fiorentina have unveiled plans for a new 40,000-seat stadium in Florence, which is set to open for the 2021/22 season.

The Serie A club said the €420 million stadium will include all the latest technology and put fans at the heart of the action, just 7 metres from the pitch.

The Arup-designed stadium is set to be built on a 48 hectare site at Mercafir in north-western Florence. The complex will include a hotel, a shopping centre, a small training centre and a new railway station.

Arup said the design takes inspiration from the local history and landscape to define a well-rooted building that represents an opportunity for the redevelopment of the area and will be the modern home of ACF Fiorentina.

The venue will focus on the fans, using the latest technologies to enhance the spectators’ experience before, during and after the matches and gives special attention towards families.

James Finestone, lead architect Arup, said:

We have collaborated with Fiorentina for the last two years to define a detailed brief, specifically built on their desires and expectations. We have therefore designed a stadium that reflects the local history and landscape in a modern way and provides a great and comfortable new home for the team and its fans.

Fiorentina owner Andrea Della Valle said:

For us, it’s an historic day. The initial project started nine years ago. It’s a big step for the city of Florence and all of Italy, but it’ll need a bit of patience, maybe another four years or so.

It was necessary to solve some small issues. I’d like to call this the Purple Renaissance.

Fiorentina’s current stadium,  the Stadio Artemio Franchi which was opened in 1931, is seen as holding back development of the club.

The Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, said:

It is a turning point, we have taken a road of no return that will bring Florence to a new stadium. The stadium will not be a cathedral in the desert: the redevelopment of the northwest quadrant is comprehensive, from the new airport, the tram line, engagement with the state railway for a new station, a new highway and network of cycle paths.

No family like the Della Valles have committed so concretely for the stadium, for which I thank them. We will also create 3,4OO jobs. How would I rate the likelihood of accomplishment out of 10? I would say 9.

Images courtesy of Arup

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