AS Roma’s new stadium muted as “Stadio della Roma” until the inevitable sale of naming rights is the planned new home of the Giallorossi, and will replace their current home of the Stadio Olimpico, although local rivals Lazio will still occupy the stadium.
Following the promising precedent set by Juventus and to a lesser extent Udinese’s Stadio Friuli, more and more clubs across Italy are exploring the viability of constructing their own stadium in order to close the gap growing between themselves and Europe’s leading clubs who generate significantly higher matchday revenue figures. As one of the larger clubs in Italy and one which play out of the country’s Capital city, A.S Roma hope to be at the forefront of this stadium revolution.
Whilst the 1990 renovated Stadio Olimpico has a large 70,000 capacity, fans of both Roma and Lazio are put off by the poor sightlines the stadium offers due to the existence of the problematic running track. Stadio Della Roma is designed to overcome this natural handicap by being one of a few purpose-built football stadiums in Italy, aiming to replicate the modern feel of English stadiums such as The Emirates and Old Trafford.
Inspired by Rome’s iconic Colosseum, the 52,500 capacity ground will include a large 14,000 seat section to house the Ultras in the Curva Sud and if everything goes to plan, owner James Pallotta hopes to move into the new stadium in time for the 2016/2017 season although unless construction begins soon this may prove to be slightly too optimistic.
As an American, the A.S Roma’s new owner quickly established a relationship with Nike who now sponsor the club’s kits, it is believed that the area around Stadio della Roma will be used for commercial purposes such in addition to bars and restaurants. At an estimated construction cost of €300 million, fans of the Giallorossi will hope that the plans started by Rosella Sensi back in 2009 can finally come to fruition, elevating A.S Roma to one of the biggest teams in the World.