The new home of AS Roma has been unveiled with plans for a premier state-of-the-art football stadium, incorporating the industry’s most sophisticated spectator technologies, security and fan amenities.
With an intimate seating bowl of 52,500 seats, natural grass pitch and a PTFE canopy covering 100% of the stadium seating, Woods Bagot design for Stadio della Roma is set to become a category-defining football and multi-purpose entertainment venue for Italy and Europe.
Woods Bagot Sport Design Leader, Dan Meis, said: ?The design draws visual cues from the world’s most historic spectator venue, the Roman Colosseum.
“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.”
The design features a state-of-the art steel and concrete seating bowl wrapped in a ??floating?? stone scrim, evocative of the rhythmic facade of the famous arena; with polycarbonate clad roof is reminiscent in form of the historic retractable fabric canopy that once covered the upper tiers of the Colosseum.
The result is an extremely dynamic and contemporary form, firmly grounded in the rich history of Roman architecture.
A distinctive feature of the design is the new ??Curva Sud??. Long recognised as the section of the existing Stadio Olympico that is home to AS Roma’s ultra-supporters, the new stadium will have a steeply pitched, clearly delineated separate section of 14,800 seats, with a more ??muscular?? and raw architecture to provide a clear and unquestionable identity as the heart of AS Roma fans.
The architecture enables the stadium to be easily configured to multiple stage configurations, including retractable stage canopies, rigging, and turf protection systems, providing extreme flexibility as a concert venue with an expansion capacity of 60,000. Stadio della Roma will be the first truly sustainable major sports venue in Europe that incorporates a carbon neutral footprint, maximum recycling capabilities and state-of-the-art renewable energy and conservation programs.