A feasibility study has been presented for a new stadium for Italian Serie A football club AS Roma in the Pietralata district of Rome.
Roma chief executive Pietro Berardi met with Mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri yesterday (Monday) as the club looks to begin work on its new home. The meeting saw Berardi transfer the club’s stadium plans to the city, and reports suggest that Roma is hopeful of moving into the new venue by 2027, when the club will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Roma’s feasibility study for the stadium includes an analysis of the chosen site in Pietralata. The club has pledged to plant 3,000 trees around the site to help with any noise pollution on match days.
It is hoped that work on the stadium, which would have a capacity of between 60,000 and 65,000, could begin by the end of 2024 once the necessary approval has been granted. The stadium would also host other events such as concerts throughout the year.
Plans for the new stadium are at an early stage and it is unclear how much the project would cost.
Roma detailed plans to build a new stadium in Pietralata back in July, stating at the time that the Roma Capitale administrative body “positively acknowledges” the willingness of the club to present a feasibility study.
Confirmation of Roma’s plans came after it was reported in May that the club had issued the first draft of a project that would see a stadium with a seating capacity between 55,000 and 60,000 developed on a 47,000-square-metre plot of land owned by the Municipality of Rome.
The proposal marked the first significant move on a new stadium by Roma’s American owners, the Friedkin group, since the club in February 2021 dropped plans for a new stadium in the Tor di Valle neighbourhood of the city.
Roma had long held plans for a new stadium in Tor di Valle but a change in ownership at the club in August 2020 cast fresh doubt over the project. Following February 2021’s announcement, the club said it was still committed to exploring options for a new stadium at a number of sites.
The Stadio della Roma project was central to former owner James Pallotta’s long-held vision for the club, which has shared the Stadio Olimpico (pictured) with cross-city rival SS Lazio since it opened in 1953. The project, which was first put forward in February 2012, centred on a 52,500-seat stadium but was hit by a number of delays