The much-delayed Stadio della Roma project appears to have finally been given the green light to proceed following a positive independent technical report by the Politecnico di Torino university.

The project’s official Twitter account confirmed the news earlier today by posting: “The Politecnico di Torino’s independent technical report is positive: #StadiodellaRoma will be built.”

The Stadio della Roma project centres on a 52,500-seat stadium, which will serve as the home of Serie A football club AS Roma. The project was first put forward in February 2012 but has been beset by delays at government level.

The project was given the green light by the city and region’s four main governing bodies in December 2017 but still required further approval before work could begin. Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi last month said that there was a “political desire” to move forward with the plans and today’s announcement marks the latest major hurdle to be cleared.

The Politecnico di Torino’s report focused on how the surrounding area would cope with the additional traffic flow caused by the Stadio della Roma.

“The Stadio della Roma will go ahead and the proponents, if they want, can break ground as early as this year,” Raggi said today, according to the Football Italia website.

“We’re not against works or big works, the stadium being one of them, but rather we’re in favour of useful works that bring benefits to the city and its citizens, as in this case where a part of the city will be upgraded.

“The reduction in size won’t affect mobility. The stadium project confirms the choice of sustainable mobility is the right path to take.”

Roma vice-president Mauro Baldissoni also welcomed the development. He said: “All that remains now is to go through the few outstanding technical and administrative steps to complete the final approval. First of those will be the approval of the ‘urban variation’.

“We are continuing to work closely with the administration on that. Everything has been discussed, there are no contentious points still to be resolved. All that remains is to address a couple of technical issues, which will then allow a date to be set for the final vote on the variation.

“Then, once that is done, the project can be passed on to Lazio Regione, who will issue the final building permits. We expect that will conclude everything as far as the approval process goes, and hopefully as soon as possible.

“It is about time the city got the opportunity to see the results of all these discussions and all this investment, and that Roma can finally begin construction of the stadium.”

Image: AS Roma