German firms win bid to build giant retractable roof on Verona’s Roman amphitheater

Linkedin Twitter

Verona Roman amphitheater

A Roman amphitheater in the Italian city of Verona will soon get a giant tarpaulin to protect opera goers – and the ancient monument itself – from bad weather.

The tender to build the retractable membrane has been won by a partnership of German engineering and architecture companies, it was announced on January 31.

The project, which will cost 13.5 million euros, will be carried out by the German companies Gerkan Marg & Partners (gmp) and Schlaich Bergermann & Partner (SBP). Their project was chosen through an international completion which drew nearly 90 proposals by firms from around the world, including companies in Britain, the US, Switzerland and Japan.

The choice of cloth for the roof will allow a subtle intervention that will not take focus away from the architecture of the historical arena, fundamentally preserving the roman amphitheater from future damage caused by the weather.

When not in use, the extendable membrane will fold up into a space on top of the centuries-old arena and will be all but invisible from the ground.

If approved by the Cultural Ministry in Rome, the membrane should be in place within three years. Part of the financing for the project will come from Calzedonia, an Italian fashion company that sells socks, underwear and swimwear.

The amphitheater, which is remarkably well-preserved, is one of the world’s great venues for concerts and operas. Built in 30 AD, the amphitheater has survived an earthquake that struck Verona in the 12th-century.

Continue to follow Coliseum Summit, a global series of stadium and arena business conferences, for latest updates on this project and from around the world.

Watch 150 member-exclusive videos with valuable tips for your venue

« Previous News:
» Next News:

More News

ASM Global continue to work on venue safety

ASM Global-Clorox clean-safe venues’ mission

Published: May 20th, 2022

ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of live entertainment, and The Clorox Company, a global... » Read more

Plymouth Argyle new LED screen

Home Park to boast ‘six-figure sum’ screen

Published: May 20th, 2022

The League One team Plymouth Argyle F.C. (UK) is spending “a sizable six-figure sum” on a 45... » Read more

Los Angeles Angels stadium sell on hold

Mayor graft cloud on Angel Stadium sale

Published: May 20th, 2022

An Orange County Superior Court judge put the $320-million sale of Angel Stadium in Anaheim,... » Read more

New host countries confirmed for Southeast Asian Games

SEA Games hosts announced in Hanoi meeting

Published: May 20th, 2022

Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore have been named as the hosts of the respective 2025, 2027 and 2029... » Read more

Receive global sports venue NEWS twice a week in your inbox