AS Roma’s dream of a new home in the Italian capital has moved a step closer to reality after the four main governing bodies involved in the decision approved the club’s plans to build Stadio della Roma.
The new state-of-the-art, world-class 52,500 (expandable to 60,000) seat venue, Stadio della Roma is being custom-designed to create an outstanding game day experience for fans.
The new stadium’s sightlines and proximity to the pitch are designed to deliver the most vivid and action-packed fan experience in all of world football.
The Stadio della Roma project started in February 2012 when the search for a site in Rome began, with the Tor di Valle area chosen in December of the same year.
In March 2014, AS Roma President Jim Pallotta and AS Roma first unveiled the project during a live TV broadcast at the Campidoglio, thus initiating the approval process.
After the project was declared to be in the public interest at an initial Conferenza dei Servizi in February 2017, Roma general manager Mauro Baldissoni and the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, announced that Stadio della Roma would be going ahead, with an alteration to the initial plan.
This included the removal of two tower blocks, and the council agreeing to shoulder some of the financial burden of building a new bridge for the Tor di Valle area.
In June 2017, the Rome City Council approved a resolution that the new project was in the public interest. A second Conferenza dei Servizi began in September and concluded with all the institutions involved granting their approval.
For Pallotta, Wednesday’s approval will be particularly satisfying after the tireless work behind the scenes by Stadio della Roma and Roma staff to finally secure the football club its very own home.
Speaking after the decision was publicly announced, Pallotta commented:
I’m delighted because I know what this decision could mean for Rome itself, for our club’s future and for our fans – and we want to give them the home they deserve.