AS Roma can push ahead with the building of a new stadium in the Italian capital after striking a deal with the city council.
The Serie A football club has been battling for years to win approval for the 52,500-seat Meis Architects designed Stadio Della Roma, which will be built in the south-west of the city.
Now Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi has given plans for the new stadium the green light.
Raggi said in a post on her Facebook page:
We have always said that we were in favour of making the stadium happen but only within the law and for the good of our city. We have succeeded.
We have avoided the monster project inherited from the previous administration… a new stadium will be built, but one that is modern, environmentally friendly, technologically advanced and, above all, one that respects much more the environment and the territory.
She said plans for the stadium and the surrounding business park had been pared back.
The new stadium, which is part of a major development in the Tor di Valle neighbourhood, is aimed at increasing Roma’s revenues. At the moment the club plays its games at the publicly-owned Stadio Olimpico, alternating with Lazio.
AS Roma managing director Mauro Baldissoni believes the club could move into the new stadium within the next three years. He said:
This is somewhat of an historic day not only for Roma, bringing our dream of having a modern infrastructure one step closer, but also for the city as a whole.
We’ve gone to great lengths to reduce the overall volume of the project while remaining as faithful as possible to our original objectives, which include providing the city with improved infrastructure and rendering the whole area – not just the stadium – accessible for the citizens of Rome.
As for the construction timeframe, we could well be looking at less than three years. We’re confident that, provided we break ground as soon as possible, we’ll be able to inaugurate the stadium by the 2021-22 season at the latest, and hopefully in 2019 or 2020.
Image courtesy of Meis Architects