Venice Bosco dello Sport project timeline


Venice opens tender process Image: Venice Municipality

The timeline of the ‘sporting forest’ project (Bosco dello Sport) was presented by the Mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro recently at Ca’ Farsetti (palace) in Venice, Italy. The process of floating tenders for the development already started on December 30th, 2022, and the entire tender exercise will get wrapped up by February 28th, 2023, and the project will be brought to fruition by June 2026.

The ‘Bosco dello Sport’ project will come up in Tessera (Italy) and along with the stadium and the indoor arena, will include the completion of a road network linking up Ca’ Tessera Venice Airport, internal urbanization, landscape works, and an educational area.

‘’ stated that the planned sports complex will comprise a football stadium, an indoor arena and will be abuzz with social activities with the sustainability factor weighing high on the overall scheme of things as the sports complex will be integrated into a green area.

The project was presented in the presence of the Councilors, Presidents of the Council Commissions, technicians, and Managers of the Municipal sectors who were earlier involved in the planning phase of the above development.

Bosco dello Sport Project Takeaways:

  • Completion of the new Tessera Airport road network with the price tag standing at 39,500,000 euros;
  • Internal urbanization works with the price tag standing at 48,870,264.20 euros (of which 4,270,000 will be financed by Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) and 44,600,264.20 by the Municipality of Venice);
  • Green landscape works will be done with the price tag standing at 25,000,000 euros (of which 580,000 euros tab will be picked up by the PNRR and 24,420,000 by the Municipality of Venice);
  • The indoor arena price tag stands at 107,895,770 euros (out of which 45,962,573 euros tab will be picked up by the PNRR and 61,933,197 euros will be picked up by the Municipality of Venice); and
  • The stadium price tag stands at 82,720,000 euros (of which 42,768,748 euros tab will be picked up by the PNRR and 39,951,252 by the Municipality of Venice).

‘’ further stated that the above works will be awarded by July 30th, 2023, while at least 30 percent of the works is expected to be completed by September 30th, 2024, so that the stadium gets its test certificate – a kind of acid test – by June 30th, 2026, in conjunction with the 2026 Winter Olympics with a view to its facilities being utilized for the sporting extravaganza.

The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) presented by Italy envisages investments and a consistent reform package, with €191.5 billion in resources being allocated through the Recovery and Resilience Facility and €30.6 billion being funded through the Complementary Fund established by the Italian Decree-Law No. 59 of May 6th, 2021.

The 2026 Winter Olympics, officially the XXV Olympic Winter Games and also known as Milano Cortina 2026, is an upcoming international multisport event scheduled to take place from February 6th to February 22nd, 2026.

Commented Mayor Brugnaro, “It is a historic moment for the City of Venice.”

He thanked the technicians, the officers and all those who were involved in drawing up the project plan. The Mayor also acknowledged the cooperation received from the people of the Veneto Region (Northeastern Italian region stretching from the Dolomite Mountains to the Adriatic Sea).

The Bosco dello Sport project will boast cutting-edge technology and the sustainability factor will be given topmost priority as it is a project where the key element is ‘Green’ as sports facilities will “rise in the middle of wooded areas”.

The Bosco dello Sport project will also be the engine of urban regeneration and revitalization of Venice and the Veneto Region. With a futuristic stadium and an indoor arena to come up as part of the project, Venice will be in a position to host sporting events carrying huge international appeal.

The first phase of the project will focus on the completion of the new Tessera Airport road network, key to completing the subsequent phases of the construction work. The project envisages the construction of a high-speed road infrastructure, with an overpass link that will guarantee direct access from the Venice Metro Station to the Tessera area where the Bosco dello Sport project will sit, and will also help in mitigating traffic snarls when big-ticket events will be held in the sports complex. To the North, the construction of a second roundabout connecting the Tessera airport is being planned.

The Venice Marco Polo Airport (Tessera airport) is the international airport of Venice, Italy. It is located on the mainland near the village of Tessera, a fraction of the commune of Venice.

The project also envisages internal urbanization works with the main elements being the creation of 10 parking zones, along with a two-way traffic system with large pedestrian and green spaces armed with theme parks, play areas and areas for socializing and sporting activities. An area where people will be able to spend quality time with their family and friends.

An educational zone will also come up which will offer various academic courses at different levels as well as medical studies courses, and smaller sports areas. An Olympic-size swimming pool is also being planned but the funding for building the same has still not been cleared.

The Bosco dello Sport project will be an epicenter for holding not only sporting events but also concerts and shows, the main elements being the indoor arena and the avant-garde stadium. Much space will be left for free flow of pedestrian traffic and the pedestrian square will serve as the main ingress point to the indoor arena as well as the stadium. The indoor arena as well as the stadium will comprise public halls, sky boxes, restaurants, and also gyms and commercial areas.

The indoor arena will be able to accommodate 10,000 spectators for sporting events, and 12,000 for concerts and shows. Though the stadium will largely be a soccer-specific one but it will also be in a position to hold other sporting events such as rugby, and will be able to hold 16,000 fans.

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