AGI – Today, the city administration of the City of Rome gave their feedback on the Stadio della Roma project to the Region of Lazio. “The opinion of the City of Rome on the final version of the Stadio della Roma project is not favourable”, the document read. The document has been made available to the public here and its release was announced by the Region of Lazio. Click here for the full report (PDF, in Italian).
Roma and developer Luca Parnasi “remain confident that the institutions involved in the decision-making process [of the new Roma stadium] won’t want to pass up the opportunity of an €1.6 billion investment in the city”.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) After nearly 2 years of debates, appeals and political wrangling, a solution finally seems to have presented itself. Roma and Lazio’s senior management have been invited to go to the Viminale next Tuesday to resolve the issue of the barriers in the curve, which were imposed by the then Prefect Gabrielli and which have remained in the most popular areas of the stadium ever since. The Roman clubs’ representatives (Baldissoni for Roma, Lotito for Lazio) will be received by Minister of the Interior Marco Minniti and the Minister for Sport Luca Lotti, the person really behind the invitation, to find a solution that would come into effect before the end of the season.
Ansa – The date to mark on the calendar for the Stadio della Roma is 3rd March, just over a month away. Virginia Raggi’s administration has to have made up its mind by that day, otherwise the whole procedure comes to a halt: either go ahead with the project, amend it and then go ahead, or don’t go ahead at all and risk the decision being appealed. This morning the Conferenza di Servizi accepted the request for a 30 day extension filed yesterday, but it’s a legitimate request even if it sounds like another ultimatum. This time though, it really is the last opportunity, because the law forbids any further extensions.
Iltempo.it (Fernando Magliaro) There will be another 30 days of waiting but then, on 3rd March, the decision will finally be made whether or not to approve the Stadio della Roma project at Tor di Valle. Today the Conferenza di Servizi accepted the Campidoglio’s request for an extension of 30 days to verify a few final documents and prepare the urban planning agreement (the contract between the proponents of the project and the City).
While many have been working hard for some time now to secure approval for Roma’s new stadium, Rome’s councillor responsible for city planning, Paolo Berdini, has frequently been an obstacle in the path to bringing the project to completion. In an interview with Radio Radicale, Berdini said the new stadium would be “useless” and that rumours of his impending departure from his position in the council are entirely unfounded.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Federico Di Vita and Fabiagio Salerno) The first time you go into the stadium is like when you’re sitting in the back seat of the car as a child and, as it rounds a bend, you see the sea suddenly appear under the bright August sun. You get the same feeling the first time you run up to the top of those stairs – you feel dizzy, just for a moment, as you see that great expanse of grass stretching out below you. Then comes the noise, the voices of people selling soft drinks, the colour of the scarves, the section filled with away fans, the masses of people all supporting your team, the banners, the flags being waved, the chants, the songs, the smell of people smoking (and not just tobacco) – then come the teams for their warm up, players practice shots from distance, firemen hose down the athletics track, then out come the ball boys.