AS Roma’s plans for a new stadium have been given the green light by the four main governing bodies, paving the way for the Italian Serie A football club to begin working on the project.

Roma Capitale, the Metropolitan City, the Region of Lazio and the government discussed the plans on Monday before giving the project the go-ahead yesterday (Tuesday).

Since the Stadio della Roma project was first revealed in February 2012, it has been beset by delays at government level. However, the Rome City Council in June approved a resolution that the project was in the public interest after alterations were made to the initial plan.

Roma president Jim Pallotta said: “This is a pivotal day for Rome and for AS Roma. First of all, I would like to thank the institutions and authorities for working with such dedication and transparency to complete the long and complex administrative process required for our project to get the green light.

“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.

“We are all excited to put shovels in the ground and to build what we are sure will make all current and future Roma fans worldwide even more proud to wear our colours and sing our songs.

“Our stadium complex will be a continuation of Rome’s development and a small part of its incredibly rich history. The stadium will also be important in helping return Italian football to its rightful place. Forza Roma.”

The 52,500-capacity stadium will serve as the hub of the wide-ranging Stadio della Roma-Tor di Valle project, which will also feature a training complex, entertainment areas, bars and restaurants.

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