Italian Serie A football club Atalanta has revealed further details for the planned redevelopment of its Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia home.
Work on the project is due to start soon and is scheduled for completion in 2020, with the end result being an enlarged capacity from 21,300 to 24,000.
Other key features of the initiative include ‘squaring off’ the two end stands of the stadium to connect them with other sections of the venue, as well as building a commercial area in the underground part of the stadium.
In addition, Atalanta has pledged to improve the roads and transports links that surround the stadium in order to help fans travel to and from matches.
The project has been made possible after Atalanta earlier this year purchased the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia from the local council for an overall fee of €11.2m ($13.1m/£10m). The Football Italia website said this would be split between an €8.6m payment to own the venue and €2.6m to cover renovation work carried out at the facility in 2015.
Football Italia also said that the Serie A club has taken out a six-year lease on the Lazzaretto car park and set aside 2,000m for commercial functions.
Speaking at the time, Atalanta president Antonio Percassi said: “The Stadio di Bergamo has always been the home of Atalanta and Atalanta fans. It is a great pleasure to have finally become the owners as well.
“This is a fundamental step for the present and the future of our club. Today Bergamo makes history, every Bergamo (resident) must be proud of it. We have made a great investment with the goal of making the stadium more modern and welcoming for our fans.”
Atalanta is currently 10th in Serie A, having won four, drawn four and lost four matches so far in the 2017-18 season.