Roma sta­dium takes pos­i­tive turn

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

ROME — Roma’s long-de­layed plans for a new sta­dium have taken a pos­i­tive turn fol­low­ing a meet­ing with city of­fi­cials.

Vice-Mayor Luca Berg­amo has ex­pressed his ap­proval over Roma’s scaled-down project, which the club wants to build in Tor di Valle, half­way be­tween down­town and Leonardo da Vinci Airport.

Roma’s gen­eral man­ager, Mauro Bald­is­soni says, “We’ve al­ways said we want to build this sta­dium to­gether with the city . ... We’ve tried to un­der­stand the needs of the city coun­cil and I think we’ve done so.”

The mostly pri­vately fi­nanced $1.7 bil­lion project has been crit­i­cized by en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists for its pro­posed lo­ca­tion next to the Tiber River.

With a de­sign in­spired by the Colos­seum, the sta­dium is to seat 52,500 and be ex­pand­able to 60,000 for ma­jor matches. Roma cur­rently shares the gov­ern­ment-owned Sta­dio Olimpico with city ri­val Lazio.

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