Serie D football club Casertana has received the green light to develop a new stadium that it states will be a flagship for the south of Italy and a unique project for the country.
The Comune di Caserta has completed verification of the offer presented for the construction of the new stadium and has awarded the contract to a consortium led by Casertana, alongside Aurora Immobiliare Srl and Consorzio stabile S. Rita.
Italian news agency Ansa notes that the €51m (£44.5m/$51m) project will be the first instance in the country of a football club participating directly in the construction works of a new stadium. Expected to take two years to complete, the new stadium will have a capacity of 12,000, expandable to 16,000 to meet UEFA regulations.
A commercial area of 40,000 square metres will be included, along with offices and a gym. Castertana currently plays at the Stadio Alberto Pinto, which first opened in 1936 and includes an athletics track.
This will be missing from the new stadium, and will be relocated, along with an adjacent tennis club, to another area of Caserta, the capital of Campania.
Casertana said in a statement: “(This is) a historic milestone, made possible thanks to the incessant work carried out by esteemed professionals in the sector who have been able to give shape to the ideas and ambitions of Casertana FC.
“Thanks go to the Comune di Caserta and to the Mayor, Carlo Marino, who, from the first moment, firmly believed that our city could boast a unique stadium of this kind.”