Sampdoria unveils new stadium plans

15 Apr 2013

Sampdoria has become the latest Serie A club to present plans for a new stadium after detailing proposals for a 30,000-seat venue on the seafront of Genoa.

Sampdoria, currently 14th in Serie A following promotion last season, unveiled its plans to Genoa city council on Friday and hopes to build the stadium within three years. The project will reportedly cost at least Eur200 million, with the stadium envisioned as the anchoring part of a multi-use sports development. Sampdoria is also planning to develop an arena to host high-end sports events and concerts, along with a ‘sports city’ area that would encompass facilities such as gyms, sports centres, theme shops and special areas for sports such as climbing. “Experience teaches us when clubs own their stadiums they make more money while also bringing extra benefits to the city,” said Sampdoria president Edoardo Garrone, according to Italian news agency ANSA. “This is my father’s dream for his city and his team,” he added to La Repubblica newspaper.

Sampdoria currently shares the 36,700-seat Stadio Luigi Ferraris with city rival Genoa. The stadium first opened in 1911 before undergoing a complete redevelopment ahead of Italy’s staging of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The issue of stadium development is a major topic within Italian football at present with the domestic game suffering from a lack of investment in facilities following the World Cup. Juventus broke new ground for Italian football in September 2011 when it opened the country’s first privately owned football venue, and its rivals have since seen how the Serie A champion has benefited from increased attendances and matchday revenues.

Roma’s American owners in December took a significant step forward in their goal of developing a new home for the club by announcing plans to build a stadium in Rome in readiness for the 2016-17 season. The location for the new stadium will be Tor di Valle, in the southwest part of the city. Roma’s new stadium will have a capacity of 55,000 to 60,000 and will be developed and managed by leading Italian real estate firm Grupo ParsItalia. Udinese last month secured a 99-year lease of its council-owned Stadio Friuli venue and the surrounding land.The club will pay Udine council Eur45,000 euros a month and are committed to redevelopment work worth Eur21.5 million.