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With the ambition of operating one of the world’s most safe and secure sports and entertainment venues, Stadio della Roma has appointed the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) to provide the Security Strategy and Design.

Recognising that a secure experience for the fans of AS Roma and visitors to the 365 day-a-year entertainment precinct is imperative, Stadio della Roma will work with the ICSS to ensure security is integrated into the stadium and wider masterplan from the outset.

The ICSS will coordinate with Stadio della Roma’s design and engineering consultants and other stakeholders to determine the threats, risks, vulnerabilities and security operational requirements for the new stadium.

The ICSS will then ensure, based on relevant security design standards and international best-practice, that security is built into the venue without impacting on the aesthetics or operations of the venue.

Mark Pannes, CEO of Stadio della Roma, said:

We are delighted to have the International Centre for Sport Security as our partner on this project.

We are also determined to create a family-friendly environment for every fan who visits the stadium and that means that security is at the forefront of everything we are doing. Our whole project team is working closely with the ICSS surrounding the design, implementation and management of the highest-level security objectives including security risk assessment and security strategy development for both on-site infrastructure and cyber security.

Speaking about the appointment, Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said:

This partnership with one of the great football clubs of the world is another milestone in the development of the ICSS. Stadio della Roma has the potential to become a role model in the fields of safety and security. The ICSS is looking forward to a sustainable partnership with Stadio della Roma as the new and safe home of AS Roma.

Heinz Palme, Vice Director General of the ICSS, added:

We applaud Stadio della Roma for recognising the importance of integrating security design into the early stages of venue planning. Many stadium owners and operators are discovering too late the time, resource and financial impact of not incorporating security at an early stage. Working with Stadio della Roma, we will ensure it is embedded from the start, whilst delivering the best possible fan and visitor experience.


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AS Roma President, James Pallotta, Eurnova CEO, Luca Parnasi, and representatives of AS Roma SPV LLC, along with project partners Lend Lease, Parsitalia, MEIS, Libeskind and LAND, hosted a media briefing earlier this week in the presence of the City Council representatives to acknowledge the submission of the comprehensive dossier to the Comune di Roma.

The media event, a key milestone in the Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma journey, was designed to communicate to the public the latest developments and progress to date of one of the most important privately-financed urban regeneration projects in Europe, worth approximately €1.5bn.

AS Roma President, James Pallotta, enthused at the meeting:

Today represents an historic milestone for the City of Rome and AS Roma. We’re proud of the job done by our team of international experts in the last three years and we thank the Rome Administration for the great collaboration shown since the first presentation of the project, at Campidoglio in December 2013.

Mayor Marino and his staff have been challenging us along the way to make the project better and I believe we’ve done everything possible to make Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma a new safe, connected, exciting and sustainable epicenter that will allow a better way to live in the city and trigger economic development in the area, with AS Roma and the new stadium serving as the anchor for many generations to come.

We all look forward to playing in AS Roma’s new stadium. The fans deserve this new stadium and it will be a key driver for the club’s continued success.

The master site ecosystem will encompass a 125 hectare campus, combining advanced sports and entertainment facilities – including a 52,500-60,000-seat stadium and Nuova Trigoria – a business park, a centralised entertainment district Convivium and green areas.

By integrating these components, the Tor di Valle master site will be able to ensure that this sports, commercial and entertainment complex is a lasting and viable new addition to Rome’s most enduring landmarks.

Mark Pannes, CEO of Stadio della Roma, commented during the event:

Today’s submission of the comprehensive master site dossier – looking at the next approval steps with Comune and Regione Lazio – shows a clear commitment towards the Italian institutions, economy and business environment. Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma is a project that will continue to ignite the spirit and energy of the great city of Rome and its citizens. We expect to create at least 12,000 new jobs and many opportunities for local companies. We’re proud to be leading this world-renowned development and to-date we have committed €55m total – €30m direct domestic investment – in pre-construction work. Over the next few years, we’re eager to expand that investment to an additional €1.5bn for the construction of the entire master site.

Security will be one of key features of the project as we want to create a safe and family-friendly environment for fans and visitors. The Stadio della Roma team has been working closely with the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) surrounding the design, implementation and management of the highest-level security objectives including security risk assessment and security strategy development for both on-site infrastructure and cyber security plus a state-of-the-art, 24-hour security surveillance for the entire master site.

According to the final dossier submitted, Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma will become the district of Rome with the strongest public transportation connections bringing great benefits to the surrounding areas thanks to multiple access points for fans and visitors, including pedestrian and vehicular bridges, Metro B, Roma-Lido and Roma-Fiumicino railways. The design of accessibility and usability will allow more than 50% of visitors to use public transportation to reach the site. In addition, massive public and combined private/public parking infrastructure are planned, to include over 10,000 new vehicle parking spaces.

Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma development plans include great attention to sustainability and green spaces, with a dedicated team bringing in global expertise in green certifications and cutting-edge energy efficiency technologies. The sustainability plan includes renewable energy programs and maximum recycling capabilities, in addition to creating new urban park areas. The Tor di Valle-Stadio della Roma master plan exceeds national and local regulation for green and renewable energy with over 50% of the master site consisting of green spaces and parks.

Following the submission to the Comune di Roma, the City Council will be reviewing the comprehensive master site plan before opening up the review process to the Lazio Regional government. Groundbreaking is projected in late 2015, with the new stadium substantially completed by late 2017, in time for the 2017-18 season, with the entertainment and business districts opening in 2018.

Representatives of AS Roma SPV, LLC and Eurnova – along with all the partners of the project – thanked the institutions and authorities for the constant dialogue and transparency, confirming full commitment to continue working together.

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AS Roma unveil new stadium campus

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The new home of AS Roma has been unveiled with plans for a premier state-of-the-art football stadium, incorporating the industry’s most sophisticated spectator technologies, security and fan amenities. With an intimate seating bowl of 52,500 seats, natural grass pitch, and a PTFE canopy covering 100% of the stadium seating, Woods Bagot design for the Stadio della Roma is set to become a category-defining football and multi-purpose entertainment venue for Italy and indeed Europe.

“The design draws visual cues from the world’s most historic spectator venue, the Roman Colosseum,” says Woods Bagot Sport Design Leader, Dan Meis. “For an architect who has spent much of his career designing stadiums, and most of his vacations in Italy, the Stadio della Roma truly is a project of a lifetime. Rome has an unparalleled architectural history. To be able to build anything there is a gift, to build a new home for AS Roma and the most passionate fans in football is heart stopping.”

The design features a state-of-the art steel and concrete seating bowl wrapped in a ‘floating’ stone scrim, evocative of the rhythmic facade of the famous arena; with polycarbonate clad roof is reminiscent in form of the historic retractable fabric canopy that once covered the upper tiers of the Colosseum. The result is an extremely dynamic and contemporary form, firmly grounded in the rich history of Roman architecture.

A distinctive feature of the design is the new ‘Curva Sud’. Long recognised as the section of the existing Stadio Olympico that is home to AS Roma’s ultra-supporters, the new stadium will have a steeply pitched, clearly delineated separate section of 14,800 seats, with a more ‘muscular’ and raw architecture to provide a clear and unquestionable identity as the heart of AS Roma fans.

The architecture enables the stadium to be easily configured to multiple stage configurations, including retractable stage canopies, rigging, and turf protection systems, providing extreme flexibility as a concert venue with an expansion capacity of 60,000. Stadio della Roma will be the first truly sustainable major sports venue in Europe that incorporates a carbon neutral footprint, maximum recycling capabilities and state-of-the-art renewable energy and conservation programmes.

Amplifying the game-day experience has been integral to the design. The new stadium’s sightlines and proximity to the pitch are designed to deliver a vivid and action-packed fan experience. Every seat will offer unparalleled views of the action; along with stadium-wide Wi-Fi capability and mobile connectivity. There will also be super-premium club seating section of 600 seats in the lower bowl with direct access to a pitch level club offering views of the teams as they exit and enter the pitch. Another special feature of the pitch level is a massive hydraulic lift allowing a dramatic entrance for the players during warm-up, reminiscent of the gladiatorial lifts in the historic Colosseum.

“It is very exciting to have such a significant project as my first stadium designed with Woods Bagot. Stadio della Roma will be one of Europe’s most sophisticated stadiums and will be groundbreaking in the inclusion of a significant ancillary development of restaurants, entertainment and training facilities, creating a 365 day destination,” says Meis.

Led by Meis, Woods Bagot is delivering the architecture for the stadium design with a dedicated design team based in Woods Bagot’s Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco studios.

“We are very proud to be associated with AS Roma, a major club with a long and proud history,” says Ross Donaldson, Woods Bagot Group Managing Director. “This project is an exemplar of design intelligence philosophy and is a landmark in the evolution of the firm and the ‘arrival’ of Woods Bagot in the global sporting arena.”

The stadium will be located at Tor di Valle, south-west of the historic city centre. Scheduled for the 2016-17 Serie A season, costs are estimated at US$400 million.