Woods Bagot unveils new £240m home for AS Roma
Woods Bagot has revealed plans for a 52,000-seater stadium for Italian premier league football club AS Roma – inspired by Rome’s ancient Colosseum
The proposed structure will allow the prestigious club to move out of a 72,000-capactity stadium in the north of the Italian capital which it currently shares with rivals Lazio.
Earmarked for a riverside plot at Tor di Valle south west of Rome’s historic city centre, the bowl-shaped Stadio Della Roma will feature up to 600 ‘super-premium’ seats with direct pitch access.
Woods Bagot’s design also features a hydraulic lift – similar to the historic Colosseum – allowing players a dramatic entrance and a PTFE canopy covering 100 per cent of the stadium seating.
Retractable stage canopies, rigging, and turf protection systems also allow the arena to be temporarily converted into a 60,000-capacity concert venue.
Dan Meis, who joined the AJ100 practice to lead its sport design team two years ago, said: ‘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 a 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.’
He added: ‘It is very exciting to have such a significant project as my first stadium designed with Woods Bagot. Stadio della Roma will be one of Europe’s most sophisticated stadiums and will be groundbreaking in the inclusion of a significant ancillary development of restaurants, entertainment and training facilities, creating a 365 day destination.’
The new stadium is planned to open in 2016.