Roma president James Pallotta expected to intervene in person to resolve stadium chaos

Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) Silence. For a long time now, James Pallotta has kept quiet – unusual for him – and doesn’t intend to voice his thoughts for the time being. Neither he nor Roma want to comment on the political chaos that has erupted around the new stadium project: no one from from the Giallorossi intends to comment and feed the institutional war going on between the city council and the regional council while the public agencies meetings are still going on. Yesterday it was Michele Civita’s turn: “The problem isn’t the space requirements,” the regional councillor explained on the fringes of another meeting in response to the attacks made by Paolo Berdini, councillor for urban planning. “Roma’s stadium needs to hold 60,000 people and must have the infrastructure and services in order to support that amount. It’s short-sighted logic to think that space requirements must be the same [for all projects, whatever the size]. In any case, we’ll make a decision by 6th March.”

This is the predicted date for the conclusion of the public agencies meetings, but there’s still the chance of another delay that will push this decision date back further. While we wait to see the next moves made by Berdini, the project’s enemy number 1, on Thursday the meetings will start to consider the archaeological effects and effects on the landscape: it will be the chance to see how it will affect the concerns raised by the superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape. Pallotta will follow the developments from Boston, but he has been strongly tempted to reply to Berdini in the last few days and will shortly intervene personally in the process: he will be back in Rome within the next month. The president, in fact, will be granted the customary Christmas blitz, though the dates of the meetings are yet to be finalised. The first purpose of his visit will be to defend the stadium project, which seemed close to being approved but is now – at least judging from recent quotes – back in the balance. Pallotta and co. will ask for a new meeting with the M5S councillors and in the meantime will expect that the process proceeds as it legally should: the substantial modifications requested by Berdini isn’t what the public agencies meetings should be used for. However, he is open to reconsidering certain aspects of the project in order to finally reach an agreement.

First duty, then pleasure – Roma will organise their Christmas party during Pallotta’s visit. There are 2 possible locations at the moment: the favourite is the old barracks on via Guido Reni, the second option is Fuksas’ newly-opened Nuvola, which the Giallorossi president visited during his last visit to the capital in September. Don’t rule out him going to Turin for Juventus-Roma (17th December) or to the Olimpico the next week for Roma’s home game against Chievo, the team’s final game of the year.


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