By RYAN TOLMICH
Italian club AS Roma displayed on Wednesday the development of a new home stadium, Stadio della Roma, to be completed by the start of the 2016-17 Serie A season.
Roma, who currently sit second in Serie A, unveiled the new 52,500 seat “modern colosseum” Wednesday in an unveiling by club president James Palotta, who is based out of Boston. The stadium is a state-of-the-art project that has been in the works since Palotta and a group of American businessmen took over the club in 2012.
The stadium has the capacity to expand to 60,000 seats for events such as a UEFA Champions League final and will be situated southwest of Rome.
“We have worked exceptionally hard over the past two years and particularly
in recent months in collaboration with Mayor Marino and his administration in
developing this stadium project for AS Roma, the City of Rome and our great
fans,” Pallotta said in a press release.
“The city and fans deserve this a world class stadium. We are confident the Stadio della Roma will be among the best in the world and a key driver for the club’s continued success.”
The stadium, which will see Roma move from the currently shared and out-dated Stadio Olimpico, will also be privately financed and feature amphitheaters, a restaurant and outdoor concerts. Just the stadium alone is expected to cost
“It is extremely important that the project provides a safe and secure year-round sports, entertainment, shopping an dining experience for the people and visitors of Rome,” Pallotta said. “For a stadium development to be truly successful today, it must become part of the everyday fabric of people’s lives. This integrated project provides such an opportunity, creates thousands of jobs and many new and sustainable business opportunities.”
Finally, the new development will include a brand new training facility for the club, including two full-sized pitches, a small pitch and state-of-the-art facilities.
Additional pictures of the stadium can be seen below.
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