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THINK FOOTBALL LOOKS GOOD ON YOUR LED TV? CHECK OUT ROME’S FUTURISTIC STADIUM!

Global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot has unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art modern-day Colosseum, which is to integrate environmentally conservative solutions and sophisticated technology to create a historically rich yet highly contemporary arena. Text by Lara Smetannikov.

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BY Philippa Daly

April 8th, 2014


Woods Bagot Sport Design Leader, Dan Meis, says of the 52,000 seat-structure, “Stadio della Roma will be one of Europe’s most sophisticated stadiums, and will be ground-breaking in the inclusion of a significant ancillary of development[s]…”

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Reminiscent of the Colosseum in it’s form, Stadio della Roma is to feature a highly contemporary steel and concrete bowl, wrapped in a ‘floating’ stone scrim which intimately encloses the seating area and natural grass pitch. The polycarbonate-clad roof provides complete coverage of seating, alluding to the Colosseum’s original fabric canopy covering its upper tiers.

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One of its more prominent features is the new Curva Sud or “curved stands”. A clearly delineated, separate section of 14,800 seats composed in raw, “muscular” architecture is to house AS Roma’s die-hard supporters. The proximity of seating to the pitch, far-reaching sightlines and unparalleled views are to create the ultimate, action-packed fan experience. Stadium-wide WiFi access and mobile connectivity are also to be implemented, thus amplifying the game-day experience.

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The architecture of the stadium allows it to be easily transformed into multiple-stage configurations. Additionally, its retractable stage canopies, turf protection systems and rigging allows it to be a highly flexible concert venue with an expansion capacity of 60,000.

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The stadium is also to implement an exclusive, super-premium club seating section of 600 seats. With direct access to a pitch-level club, spectators will be offered views of the teams as they enter and exit the pitch. To allow a dramatic entrance for players, the pitch level will feature a massive hydraulic lift, similar to the gladiator lifts of the original Colosseum.

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The home of the 21st century gladiators, the football players, is to be located at Tor di Valle, south-west of the historic city centre. Says Meis: “Rome has an unparalleled architectural history… to build a new home for AS Roma and the most passionate fans in football is heart-stopping.”

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