Roma stadium takes positive turn
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.