Italian Serie A football club Cagliari has opened up the ‘Curva Futura’, a new section of the Sardegna Arena that is dedicated entirely to children.
The section, which Cagliari says is the first of its kind in Italy, opened during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan.
The club has partnered with the locally-based Fondazione Carlo Enrico Giulini and Infront Italy on the initiative. Club president Tommasso Giulini and foundation director Professor Paolo Giulini were present at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the space ahead of the match.
As part of the initiative, 136 children will watch Cagliari matches played on Sundays from the Curva Futura. Fans will be encouraged to sing positive songs in support of Cagliari instead of insulting the opposition.
Paolo Giulini said: “This project pursues a broad policy of primary prevention of violence in sport, aimed at creating a social and educational atmosphere to achieve more harmonious and creative models of identity, building of the passion of the fans.
“This is to the detriment of the development of negative emotions among the stadium audience, such as anger and rancour, disappointment and suspicion, which foreshadow the risk of confusing competition and conflict, where the opposing team becomes the enemy to be pursued.”
The Sardegna Arena is serving as Cagliari’s temporary home while the Stadio Sant’Elia is demolished and rebuilt. In April, the club selected a proposal from Sportium to develop its new stadium.