Tuesday March 27 2012
Cagliari move ‘home’ to Trieste?

Cagliari could play their final four home games of the season at the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste – 600 miles away from the Sardinian city.

Growing increasingly frustrated with the state of the Stadio Sant’Elia and the planned construction of a new stadium put on hold, President Massimo Cellino is threatening to move out.

Cagliari’s Sant’Elia is presently only half open given that its capacity has been reduced to 14,250 [the Serie A minimum is 20,000] and the club are only being permitted to play there because of special dispensation from the Lega.

The stadium, built in 1970 and restructured on two separate occasions since, is seen as the past and Cellino’s club have begun plans to build their own arena.

However, that project has been placed on hold because the chosen area for development was deemed as too close to the city’s airport.

Cagliari have thus contacted the council of Trieste in the north-east of Italy to enquire about the availability of hosting games against Inter, Catania, Chievo and Juventus.

Trieste have reacted positively and Cagliari’s game against Atalanta at the weekend could be their last at the Sant’Elia this term.

There are even suggestions that the Rossoblu could play all of their home games next season in Trieste if the club deem that as necessary.