Rossoblù home revamp to start in 2022


Bologna Stadium update Nov 2021 Image: FC Bologna

The Italian Serie A football club Bologna F.C. has decided to start the work of restructuring its home facility – Stadio Renato Dall’Ara (Italy) – once the sporting extravaganza – 2022 FIFA World Cup™ – begins in Qatar on November 21st, 2022.

The ‘Calcio Finanza’ stated that Bologna FC’s stadium revamp project has reached the decision-making stage – the last step before the final nod is given.

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.

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 spectators.

Earlier, media reports stated that the 15-month project is now expected to cost around €100m (£89.5m/$113.4m).

The ‘Calcio Finanza’ further stated that a team of engineers will have to endorse the project which will take about a month’s time following which tenders will be floated for the whole development.

Bologna first unbolted its vision for the redevelopment of the stadium in January 2019. As part of the plans, the capacity of the Dall’Ara is set to be reduced from 31,000 to 27,000, with room for expansion to 29,000. The stadium first opened in 1927 and the new-look Dall’Ara will be completely covered by a roof, with the stands located closer to the pitch.

Only when the construction of the temporary structure for lodging the ‘Rossoblù’ – which will host 16,000 spectators – will begin – will things start moving for restructuring the Dall’Ara.

It will take about six to eight months for the construction of the temporary stadium, and as soon as the arena is ready the team will move to the temporary venue. But, the municipality is yet to greenlight the same.

The cost of the temporary stadium will come to circa 12-15 million euros and the tab will be picked up by Bologna Stadio (a subsidiary of Bologna F.C.). Once the redecorated Dall’Ara is ready, the temporary facility’s capacity will come down from 16,000 to 2,700 seats and will be used for staging the activities of the women’s first team – BFC Women.

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