New AS Roma stadium - Stadio Franco Sensi


Roma president Rosella Sensi has announced plans for the club to build a new AS Roma stadium, which will be named after Sensi's father and will be built in the Aurelia district of Italy's capital city.

AS Roma will use the English model for football stadiums when drawing up detailed plans for their new home, club officials said.

Roma share the Stadio Olimpico with city rivals Lazio but want to build their own 55,000-seater stadium in the western outskirts of the city to increase much-needed revenue and bring fans closer to the pitch.

The Olimpico has a running track and coach Claudio Ranieri, a former Chelsea boss, is looking forward to the new stadium's dugouts being next to the fans as they are in England.

"It means being together, being an integral part of the experience with the fans who are close," Ranieri told a news conference.

"In England it's like that everywhere. Away from home you feel like an opponent but never an enemy."

Juventus are the first Serie A club to build their own stadium, with completion due in 2011, while Inter Milan are keen to move away from the San Siro which AC Milan could then buy.

Reports say Sensi could name the stadium after her late father and previous president Franco Sensi.

Club captain Francesco Totti, 33, just hopes the ground can be completed in time for him to play inside it.

"It's hard, I hope they can build it quickly. I hope to manage it given that I'm signing a new five-year deal," he said.

Environmental opponents have criticised the plans saying the Olimpico is already a world-class stadium and another ground is not needed, especially if Lazio decide to build a new home too.


0 # guest 2009-10-01 17:26
Looks like allianz arena just another outside material...
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0 # RetrievingSearain 2009-10-01 17:56
since it's Roma stadium wouldn't it make a whole lot more sense if they shaped it up like the Colosseo?
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0 # Mikkel 2010-08-24 11:47
Italian stadiums need to be fixed in order to compete with Germany, France, Spain and UK
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