A redevelopment project for Rome’s Stadio Flaminio is set to be presented in November, according to the Italian capital’s Councillor for Sport, Daniele Frongia.
The stadium first opened in 1959 ahead of Rome’s staging of the 1960 summer Olympic Games. However, it has been closed since 2011 and has fallen into a state of disrepair.
Work commenced on the renovation of the facility in October, with the ultimate goal at the time reported to be its return as the home of Italian rugby union. The Flaminio played host to Italy’s national team for its entry into the Six Nations competition in 2000 through to 2011, when the team moved to play at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Flaminio has since been linked to a number of different redevelopment projects, but Frongia has now told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that efforts are gathering pace to return the stadium to its previous status as a venue for sports and entertainment events.
Frongia said: “By November the redevelopment project will be completed, for which we have set up a working group with the engineering faculty of the University of Sapienza, which deals with the conservation plan; and the Istituto per il Credito Sportivo. This project will act as a driving force for the urban redevelopment of the Olympic Village and of the entire Flaminio quarter.”
Frongia added that it is premature to state a timeline for the project, but said the involvement of Istituto per il Credito Sportivo adds weight to the scheme.
Concerning the financing of the masterplan, he said: “Obviously these will be important figures, but the involvement of Credito Sportivo, a public bank for sports and culture, will guarantee economic stability and sustainability over time.”