Stadio Artemio Franchi revamp plans submitted

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Florenz Stadium update July 2019 Image: Semeraro Vincenzo

Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence, home of Italian football club ACF Florentina, is poised for a €100-million renovation. A proposal for modernization of the stadium along with expansion of adjacent areas have been submitted by the Association Noi Per Firenze.

Since the takeover of the club by the Italian-American businessman Rocco Commisso, who holds 98 percent of the shares, the plans have been intensified. In order to advance the plans, the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, appointed UEFA Vice-President Michele Uva as special advisor at the beginning of July. Nardella said in January that a new stadium could be completed by 2023.

Earlier in 2017, the club had announced details of a possible new construction. At that time there was talk of a stadium with a capacity of 40,000 spectators and costs of around € 420 million. However, according to the current state of affairs, that plan should will not move ahead as Noi Per Firenze recently presented new plans for the renovation of the current stadium.

In addition to the comprehensive modernization of the stadium, the adjacent pedestrian zone is included in the project and also be renovated. In addition, the construction of a new underground car park for 3,200 vehicles next to the stadium is planned. The investment of €100 million is to be made over a period of five years.

The Stadio Artemio Franchi is the largest football stadium in Florence and was opened in 1931. Since the refurbishment in 1990 it has a capacity of 47,282 seats. It is named after the long-time Florentine club and UEFA President Artemio Franchi.

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