AS Roma confirmed the location of their new stadium in a special press conference at their training camp in Orlando, Florida, USA, last week.
The Club had tasked real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield with finding the site for the new stadium, which has since been unveiled as the Tor di Valle site in the south-west of the city, which was the frontrunner from the outset.
The Tor di Valle site is located on the south-western outskirts of the city, approximately 10km from Rome’s historic centre. It lies on the banks of the river Tiber and is currently occupied by a racetrack, which will be demolished to make way for the new stadium, the Stadio della Roma. It is served by trains on the local Roma-Lido line, though station Tor di Valle, which will require further infrastructure development.
The Club also announced that property developer Luca Parnasi has been appointed as project manager of the building works (Parnasi had earlier bought the Tor di Valle site for commercial development), and that the new stadium is expected to be between 55,000-60,000 seats, and include restaurants, retail space and offices.
Stadio della Roma is expected to cost between €165 and €210m and has been designed by architect Dan Meis.
The club hopes to move into the new stadium before the start of the 2016-17 season.
Following the official approval given by Rome City Council on September 4, 2014, the Assemble Capitolina also recognised the new Stadio della Roma as a project of public interest for the City of Rome.
Representatives of the client team (AS Roma SPV, LLC and Eurnova), expressed their full satisfaction with this important step that recognises the hard work done over the past two and a half years, and particularly in recent months, in collaboration with Mayor Ignazio Marino and his administration in developing this stadium project for the City of Rome, AS Roma and the fans.
AS Roma President, Jim Pallota, said:
Congratulations to all Romans on this historic day. We all look forward to playing in Roma’s new stadium.
Thanks to a dedicated team of national and international experts, a direct investment worth around €1.2bn will result in a privately-financed stadium that will create a minimum of 3,000 jobs during its construction phase and at least that many during the on-going operations of the complex.
The client representatives also expressed their satisfaction in this important achievement and confirmed their commitment towards the Italian economy and business environment, considering Stadio della Roma as a project able to reboot the spirit and energy of the great City of Rome and its citizens.
Mark Pannes, CEO of Stadio della Roma, commented:
We thank Mayor Marino and the entire administration of the city of Rome. We fully embrace this opportunity and pledge our complete and ongoing commitment to bring this very special project to life.
The team also thanked Mayor Marino and his administration for the constant dialogue, timing of the approval process and transparency during negotiations.
All parties confirmed their full commitment to continue working together, with the next step being the approval process through Regione Lazio.
Stadio della Roma Architect, Dan Meis
Dan is recognised as one of the world’s foremost designers of sports and entertainment venues. His career spans 25 years, specialising in sports and entertainment architecture, and he now serves as the Global Director of Sport for Woods Bagot.
He began his career in large-scale civic and commercial architecture and, as a young designer, worked on award-winning office towers in Chicago, New York, Germany and South Africa.
Dan has designed numerous ground-breaking sports and entertainment facilities, including: Manchester Evening News Arena, England; Saitama Arena, Japan; Comerica Theatre, Phoenix USA; Safeco Field, Seattle USA; Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, USA; and Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, USA – the first NFL facility to ever win an AIA Honor Award.
Dan’s design for Los Angeles’ Staples Center has been heralded as the ‘greatest arena ever built,’ and he was featured in Time Magazine as one of their ‘100 Innovators in the World of Sports’.
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