Newly-promoted Italian Serie A football club Salernitana is set to carry out renovation work to increase the capacity of its Stadio Arechi home ground and bring it in line with standards required for the top flight.
The Otto Pagine newspaper reports that the Municipality of Salerno has presented plans that will see the capacity of the venue increase from 26,000 to 31,500.
The upgrades will also focus on a new lighting system as the stadium’s current infrastructure does not meet Serie A standards. According to the Otto Pagine, the current lights will eventually be replaced with a new LED system.
It is hoped the work will also open up the possibility of the Stadio Arechi hosting Italian national team matches in the future. The upgrades, which will also include new changing rooms and a revamped press room, are set to be completed by the middle of August in time for the first round of the Coppa Italia.
The Stadio Arechi opened in 1990 and most recently underwent renovation in 1998.
As well as needing to upgrade its stadium ahead of next season, Salernitana requires new owners. The club is currently owned by Claudio Lotito, who also owns rival Serie A team Lazio.
League rules prevent individuals from having shares in more than one club and Salernitana has until June 25 to find new owners. Salernitana said in a statement last week that it has entrusted industry professionals with the task of managing the sale of company shares.
Next season will mark Salernitana’s return to Serie A following a 23-year absence.