Roma’s plan for building a new stadium, the Stadio della Roma, has been finally approved after the four main governing bodies involved gave the go-ahead.
Following some adjustment to the plans that included the removal of two tower blocks, reduction of concrete spaces and the council agreeing to shoulder some of the financial burden of building a new bridge for the Tor di Valle area, the club has finally received the green signal to go ahead with the proposal.
The new stadium which takes its inspiration from Rome’s iconic landmark, the Colosseum, will have a holding capacity of 52,500 that can be expanded up to 60,000.
Ever since taking over as the president of the club in 2012, Jim Pallotta has expressed his desire to build a new stadium for the fans. “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,” the 59-year-old said following the announcement.
Over 80 sites were considered for the stadium before the locality of Tor di Valle was approved as the suitable destination.
In keeping with the tradition, the Stadio della Roma will have a 14,000 capacity Curva Sud for the club’s ultra fan section.
The new stadium will be supplemented by Roma Village, a landmark adjacent to the stadium that will serve as the epicenter for fans attending the game and for those without a ticket to the stadium.
The new stadium is expected to be completed by 2020 and as such, will become only the third privately owned stadium in Italy after Juventus’ Allianz Stadium and Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium. Roma are expected to play at the venue from the 2020-21 season onwards.
The Giallorossi currently play at the Stadio Olimpico, which they share with city rivals, Lazio.