Italian Serie A football club SPAL has locked in sufficient financing to begin redeveloping and increasing the capacity of its Stadio Paolo Mazza home ground.

The Ferrara-based facility currently holds 13,020 fans, but is set to become a 16,000-capacity stadium with the renovation project.

Prior to this summer, Stadio Paolo Mazza was only a 7,000-seat ground, which was increased to the current capacity at a cost of €4.6m (£4.06m/$5.4m). The 13,020-capacity is enough for the top flight of Italian football due to a special dispensation having been granted by the FIGC, the governing body of football in the country.

Ferrara city council provided €2m for this summer’s construction work, while SPAL contributed €2.6m. Yesterday (Tuesday), the club signed a deal with the Credito Sportivo Italiano bank for €1.8m.

“The biggest test will be to safeguard our Serie A status and we’ll do everything to stay in the top flight,” said club president Walter Mattioli (pictured left).

“It is the most difficult year, we’ll fight to the end, but we’ll do it. This stadium is a symbol of the city. We must go towards the needs of the fans so they can follow SPAL with their families. The idea is to invest.”

SPAL is currently 18th in the Serie A table after 17 games of the 2017-18 season. The club was promoted from Serie B last season.

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