Rome’s Stadio Olimpico is set to undergo renovation work ahead of next summer’s UEFA European Championships, the City’s Mayor Virginia Raggi has revealed.
The stadium, which serves as the home of Serie A teams AS Roma and Lazio, is due to host four matches at Euro 2020, including the opening fixture on June 12.
Raggi has confirmed that the stadium will be fitted with more toilets, more spaces for disabled fans and additional catering areas ahead of the national team tournament. A dedicated fan zone will also be set up in Rome for supporters to sample the Euro 2020 atmosphere.
The Stadio Olimpico opened in 1928 and has a capacity of 70,000. It staged the final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the 2009 UEFA Champions League.
Roma is hoping to leave the Stadio Olimpico and move into its much-delayed new stadium by 2023. The Stadio della Roma, which was first proposed in February 2012 but has been beset by delays at government level, would have a capacity of 52,500.
Euro 2020 will take place in 12 cities across Europe from June 12 to July 12. London’s Wembley Stadium will stage the semi-finals and final, with other host cities including Munich, Saint Petersburg, Glasgow, Dublin, Bilbao, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Budapest, Bucharest and Baku.