Roma have unveiled plans for their new 60,000-seater arena in 2016-17, “a stadium that will be second to none.”
President James Pallotta led the presentation at the team’s winter training camp in Florida, declaring the arena will be built in the Tor di Valle area of the city.
“This is an incredibly exciting day for all of us here and hopefully for all of Rome and all Roma fans around the world,” said President Pallotta.
“This announcement today has been part of our original plan for AS Roma to be a championship-calibre team for the foreseeable future. Rome deserves it. We hope Francesco Totti can score the first goal there!”
CEO Italo Zanzi added more details on the arena. “We anticipate the capacity to be around 55,000-60,000 – enough to host the Champions League final while maintaining an intimate feel and offering the fans a special experience. We also want to stress that it will be privately financed and based on current legislation.”
Roma also announced a seven-year deal with Disney to sell its merchandise in their stores and help young players to train in its scouting camps.
“On behalf of the city of Rome, I thank those who allowed the realisation of a dream that Roma fans have had for a long time,” added captain Totti.
“Our supporters deserve their own stadium, entirely red and yellow.”