Community first in Bologna home revamp


Bologna stadium update May 2021 Image: gau arena & FC Bologna

The bid to start restyling as well as lend a futuristic look to the multipurpose Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Italy will have to take into consideration the fact that what will the modernization impact have on the community on which the facility sits. The venue holds great architectural significance for the City of Bologna and the repurposing work is scheduled to start by the end of 2022.

‘gau arena’ stated that all grandstands will remain in close proximity to the field, 7.50 m from the game line, creating a stadium within the stadium. The existing curves will be replaced with new stands with a steel structure and prefabricated steps. The spaces between the perimeter wall and the new terraces will be used for recreational and tertiary activities that will remain functional and independent of it even during gamedays. The new Maint and East stands will be overlapped with the existing ones.

‘gau arena’ further stated that as part of the revamp work balconies, indoor lounges, large screens, dining areas, pubs, museums, and a club shop will come up. The stadium will remain the property of the Municipality, while the club will enjoy the surface right.

Stadio Renato Dall’Ara is a multipurpose stadium in Bologna, Italy. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home of Bologna F.C. 1909. The stadium was built in 1927 and holds 38,279 onlookers.

Bologna Football Club 1909, commonly referred to as Bologna, is an Italian professional football club based in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna that plays in Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. The club has won seven top-flight titles, two Coppa Italia (annual Italian football cup competition) titles and one UEFA Intertoto Cup.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Intertoto Cup, originally called the International Football Cup, was a summer football competition for European clubs like UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup and until 1999, the Cup Winners’ Cup. The competition was discontinued after the 2008 tournament.

The stadium roof which lends an aesthetic touch to the entire structure will be given a lentiform shell-type design covered with opaque aluminum and translucent polycarbonate panels, which will form an envelope comprising three overlapping “nails” which will allow light and air to pass.

In this manner, an avant-garde and secure stadium will emerge which will provide fans an exhilarating experience on gamedays.

Meanwhile, Bologna has submitted the restyling project details to the Municipality. The project will be delivered by Bologna Stadio Spa, a company controlled by Bologna FC 1909, and contains the changes that emerged during an earlier meeting held.

The agreement is for 40 years, the restyling work will cost 100 million euros, and the tabs will be picked up by Joey Saputo, patron of the club, Bologna and Credito Sportivo, and the Municipality of Bologna. Another 15 million will be spent in creating the temporary stadium in which the club will play in while redecoration work of their residence is on.

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