Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso has expressed his hope for the Italian Serie A football club to move into a new stadium by 2023.
Fiorentina has played at the Stadio Artemio Franchi since it opened in 1931 and there has been talk of a new ground for nearly a decade. Efforts to either redevelop the stadium or build a new facility intensified in June after Italian-American businessman Commisso completed his takeover of the club.
Earlier this month, the Municipality of Florence approved a proposal to make a plot of land available for the potential development of a new stadium, with Commisso hailing the news as an “important step forward”.
The Municipality opted to put part of the Mercafir area, a food and beverage market in north-eastern Florence, up for sale with a view to the site being purchased for the development of what would be a privately-financed stadium.
The decision is designed to speed up the process of finding a new home for the club and Commisso has now tentatively set a date for when Fiorentina could relocate.
“We’re continuing to work, 48 months were talked about and we want to use 47 of them,” Commisso said, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The objective is for Fiorentina to play in their new stadium in September 2023.”
Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella added that the city is “on the same wavelength” as Fiorentina.
It remains to be seen whether Fiorentina will commit to the municipality’s plan, with the club said to be assessing the possibility of leaving the municipal territory of Florence to develop a new facility in the commune of Campi Bisenzio.