A project has been presented for a new 25,000-seat stadium featuring a retractable roof, which could house Brescia as the Italian football club prepares to return to Serie A.
The proposal has been put forward to local authorities by Centrum Stadia, an Italian-Australian entity.
According to the Giornale di Brescia newspaper the stadium is being designed not only for football matches, but as a major concert venue as part of a tie-up with leading promoter Live Nation.
The structure of the stadium will take the shape of a four-leaf clover and will be built on the grounds of the Stadio Mario Rigamonti (pictured), Brescia’s home since 1959. The development is also set to include a 250-room hotel, a 550-seat theatre, restaurants, gyms and shops.
The Giornale di Brescia said the development has been given a cost of between €100m (£86.3m/$112.4m) and €150m, adding that yesterday’s (Thursday’s) presentation detailed “strong interest” on the part of “investment funds and banking institutions, both local and Australian”.
Centrum Stadia has said that the stadium could be built in two years, with 2021 a target date for the start of development. Brescia would play at a temporary stadium during the development of the new venue, but the newspaper added that the football club has yet to agree to the project.
Brescia last played in Serie A in 2010-11, but has already secured promotion from Serie B this season.
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