New Roma stadium planned for 2014

After failed attempts by former president Rosella Sensi to move the club away from the Olimpico, her successor Thomas DiBenedetto has put the wheels in motion for a new project
Roma's new board of directors have plans in place to build a new stadium for the club, with a meeting with the mayor of Rome on Wednesday having resulted in an agreement on a three-year timescale for the project.

The capital side's new president Thomas DiBenedetto has been keen on moving the club away from the Stadio Olimpico since showing his dissatisfaction with the distance between the stands and the playing surface when he first visited the arena earlier this year.

And now that he owns the club outright, he is moving quickly on putting together a blueprint on a new home for the three-times Italian champions.

Having met with mayor Gianni Alemanno at Campidoglio, it has been agreed that 2014 is a realistic completion date for the project, according to

This accounts for 12 months of planning, administration, and the acquisition of a suitable site, plus two years for the building of the stadium.

"It will be an arena that opponents will fear," boasted Alemanno after the meeting with DiBenedetto.

There have been five potential venues earmarked by the Roma board, with talks with possible building partners already at an advanced stage. Mark Pannes, the manager of Raptor Fund, the group owned by board member James Pallotta, is expected to be handed the responsibility of finalising the construction deal.

Former Roma president Rosella Sensi had announced two years ago plans to move to a new 'Stadio Franco Sensi' in the Valle Aurelia area of the city, but the club's huge debts at the time put paid to those hopes.

Juventus recently moved into the new 42,000-seater Juventus Arena, becoming the first Serie A club to own their own stadium and Roma look set to beat the likes of Palermo and Cagliari to become the second outfit to leave their council-owned home ground.