Stadio della Roma
A proposed design from March 2014
|Capacity||52,500 (with potential to be increased to 60,000)|
|Opened||August 2016 (planned)|
|Construction cost||€300 million (2014 est.)|
|A.S. Roma (planned for 2016—)|
Stadio della Roma (English: Stadium of Rome) is the temporary name for Serie A team A.S. Roma's planned stadium in the Tor di Valle neighborhood of Rome. A formal name for the stadium, planned to open by August 2016, will be decided after naming rights are awarded. The planned location is along the Tiber River and accessible via the main highway connecting the city with Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport. Seating capacity is planned for 52,500 spectators, with the ability to expand to 60,000 for larger events. The stadium is being designed by American architect Dan Meis, and is said to be inspired by the ancient Colosseum. Features of the stadium include luxury boxes, and a 14,000-seat section designated for the Ultras of the Curva Sud in the Stadio Olimpico, the 72,698-seat facility Roma currently shares with their crosstown rival, S.S. Lazio.
Besides the main stadium, plans call for additional venues for music, entertainment, shopping, and training facilities, as well as bars, restaurants, and a Nike SuperStore. The stadium, only the second in Italy to be privately owned and financed, is estimated to cost €300 million, but the total cost for all the facilities and venues, including infrastructure improvement, is close to €1 billion. Plans for a new stadium were first introduced in 2009 by former owner Rosella Sensi for a stadium to be named after Sensi's father to be built in the Aurelia district of Italy's capital city; however apart from the announcement, no further development occurred. When A.S. Roma was purchased by James Pallotta and his Boston-based Raptor Group in 2012, the expectation of a new stadium was part of their deal. A formal announcement of the stadium plans was made on March 26, 2014, and Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino stated his hopes that approval for the stadium will come within 90 days.
The stadium and its facilities will replace the current Tor di Valle Racecourse, which is served by the Tor di Valle train stop on the Rome–Lido railway. Plans additionally call for service on Rome's Line B subway to be extended to the station, and on to Muratella, a train station on the FR1 railway that is across the river from the proposed development. In August 2014, Roma addressed concerns about infrastructure planning by repositioning the junction with the Autostrada A91 that connects to Fiumicino Airport. The team also addressed risks raised in July 2014 about potential Tiber River flooding, and the regional council is expected to pass a resolution on the infrastructure plans by 27 August 2014. A subsequent six-month review period is also expected before construction can begin.
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