AS Roma have confirmed their intention to leave their home at the Stadio Olimpico and open a new stadium, currently under the working title of the Stadio della Roma.
The stadium will be state-of-the-art, with a 52,000-seat capacity and with room for expansion to 60,000:
Marino: "With this project we'll be the first city to build a stadium with the new stadium laws" #StadiodellaRoma— A.S. Roma (@OfficialASRoma) March 26, 2014
Stadio della Roma (@StadiodellaRoma) March 26, 2014
Inspired by the Colosseum, the Stadio della Roma would have nods to the design in its exterior, as well as some technological designs such as a 360-degree video screen running around the rooftop.
The stadium would have several obvious advantages over the larger Stadio Olimpico, which Roma have called home, along with city rivals Lazio, since the 1953-54 season.
There would be no athletics track for one, and the sight lines will be "the best in the world," they claim, because of the height and angle of the seating.
Details on timescales and costs were sketchy—but it is a privately-financed project with no government support.
Zanzi: “It's hard to put a precise figure on the total cost. For now we can say around €300 million just for the stadium” #StadiodellaRoma— A.S. Roma (@OfficialASRoma) March 26, 2014
The stadium itself, as mentioned during the press conference, could cost around €300 million, but with infrastructure and other concerns to factor in, it could be significantly higher still.
Legends like Francesco Totti were in attendance for the press conference, although whether he is still around to play in it by the time it opens is another matter altogether.