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Stadio della Roma, Tor di Valle, Italy

Monday 31 Mar 2014

$400m Stadio della Roma unveiled

Stadio della Roma by Woods Bagot in Tor di Valle, Italy
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Stadio della Roma by Woods Bagot in Tor di Valle, Italy Stadio della Roma by Woods Bagot in Tor di Valle, Italy Stadio della Roma by Woods Bagot in Tor di Valle, Italy Stadio della Roma by Woods Bagot in Tor di Valle, Italy Stadio della Roma by Woods Bagot in Tor di Valle, Italy Stadio della Roma by Woods Bagot in Tor di Valle, Italy
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Grand Colosseum-inspired stadium for AS Roma revealed by Woods Bagot 

AS Roma is to compete in a modern replacement stadium inspired by the Colosseum, it has been revealed. A design team based in Woods Bagot’s New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco studios has unveiled renderings and sketches of a grand 52,500-seat stadium in Tor di Valle. The $400m development is scheduled to complete in time for the 2016-17 Serie A season.

The design directly references many core elements of the Colosseum, which dates back to 70AD. Woods Bagot’s concept suggests a steel and concrete seating bowl wrapped in a ‘floating’ stone scrim, which speaks to the rhythmic façade of this instantly-recognisable Roman treasure.

There are also plans to incorporate a hydraulic lift system which would create a theatrical entrance for players, similar to the unveiling of competing gladiators in the Colosseum. A polycarbonate-clad roof references the retractable fabric canopy once found in historic arena’s upper tiers.  

Woods Bagot Sports Design Leader, Dan Meis explains: “For an architect who has spent much of his career designing stadiums, and most of his vacations in Italy, the Stadio della Roma truly is the project of a lifetime. Rome has an unparalleled architectural history. To be able to build anything there is a gift, to build a new home for AS Roma and the most passionate fans in football is heart-stopping.”

These fans will be adequately catered for in their new home. The ‘Curva Sud’ - a section of the existing home of AS Roma (Stadio Olympico) populated with the team’s most avid fans - will be replaced in the Stadio della Roma with a steeply-pitched section of 14,800 seats, clearly separated from the remainder of the seating area. A design statement notes that this section will comprise ‘more “muscular” and raw architecture to provide a clear and unquestionable identity as the heart of AS Roma fans’. All 52,500 seats within the stadium bowl will be covered by a PTFE canopy.

The stadium will not only be home to AS Roma but will also host concerts and performances through its ultra-flexible design. Retractable stage canopies, rigging and turf protection systems enable a variety of stage configurations. WiFi capability and mobile connectivity will be available throughout the stadium and the proximity of the seats to the pitch/stage has been optimised for an enhanced atmosphere. 

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