Italian Serie A football club Spezia has submitted an economic plan and feasibility study for the renovation of its Stadio Alberto Picco home ground.
Spezia plans on completing the project, which commenced in September 2021 with the addition of 3,176 seats in the Curva Piscina stand, by the summer of 2024. The club is hopeful that the final plans will be approved in the coming months.
Once the project is complete, the overall capacity of the stadium will be at least 12,000. The renovated stadium will include new hospitality areas, media facilities, multi-functional spaces and sustainable energy resources.
Spezia plans on completing the Curva Piscina expansion by the end of the year by adding new corners to the stand, with the club to take advantage of the winter FIFA World Cup break to carry out the work. Next summer, attention will turn to renovating and modernising the main stand, while in the summer of 2024 the focus will be on adding a roof to the Curva Ferrovia stand.
The total investment for the project will be €12.2m (£10.5m/$12.2m), with Spezia working with the city, which owns the stadium, on the renovation.
In February, Spezia established a new company to oversee the redevelopment of the Stadio Alberto Picco. Stadio Spezia Calcio is fully controlled by the club and oversees all planning, construction and financial matters relating to the modernisation of the stadium, which opened in 1919.
Spezia is working with architect GAU Arena and construction company Clarin Italia Tribune on the project.
The club only played its first Serie A match at the Alberto Picco on December 16, 2020 after a project to bring the stadium in line with top-flight standards for the 2020-21 season was completed. Prior to that game, the club was forced to play home matches at Cesena’s Stadio Dino Manuzzi while upgrades were carried out at the Alberto Picco.