Cagliari stadium plans clear latest hurdle

Italian Serie A football club Cagliari’s plans for a new stadium have been given the green light by the city council.

Cagliari hopes to build a new 25,200-seat venue on the site of the Stadio Sant’Elia, the club’s former home. Cagliari has been playing at the temporary Sardegna Arena (pictured) since the 2017-18 season after the Stadio Sant’Elia was closed with a view to being demolished and completely rebuilt.

Earlier in the year, the city council voted in favour of advancing a new vision for the stadium and these plans were approved yesterday (Wednesday).

The stadium will form part of a wider redevelopment project that will also include commercial space and renovation work on the nearby canal. The city council approved the plans with 23 members voting in favour and nine abstentions.

Should the plans not face any further obstacles, work on the new stadium is expected to begin in 2021, with a tentative delivery date set for 2024.

In April 2018, Cagliari selected a proposal from Sportium to develop its new stadium but was forced to revise plans amid the Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) proposed bid for UEFA Euro 2024, which was eventually awarded to Germany.

A 21,000-seat stadium had initially been targeted but the city council voted in favour of the new vision back in March. The new 25,200-seat stadium would be expandable to 30,000.

Image: Cagliari Calcio