June 20, 2021
There is a “short list” of potential locations that Rome is examining as a site for its own stadium: Gazometro, Teano, Velodromo and Sdo Pietralata. None of these are perfect, without problems and this makes the exam in progress just a preliminary “grooming”.
Gazometro: the Friedkin likes the area and is jointly owned – Eni, Italgas and Acea – of just enough size to accommodate the Stadium with the prefiltration area and nothing else. Value: it is practically on the edge of the center and has a substantial supply of mobility infrastructures (two metro B stations, Garbatella and Piramide, the Roma-Lido terminus, two railway stations, Ostiense and Trastevere). Defects: parking spaces are lacking and the private traffic load is now unsustainable with a match. The solution could be twofold: make an “English” stadium accessible only (or almost) by public transport and, except for the parking spaces for the handicapped and the authorities, create a few (and expensive) car parks in the opposite area of the Markets General. The constraints problem still needs to be analyzed: the large gas meter is included in the quality charter.
Second area: Sdo di Pietralata, behind the Tiburtina station. The study is done on cadastral parcels to check if they are already included in existing projects (Fs, ISTAT, University) and therefore not convertible or if they are free. Advantage: sufficient infrastructures (metro B, Tiburtina station, ring road, via Tiburtina and the Rome-L’Aquila motorway). Defect: difficult to think of an English stadium accessible only by public transport.
Teano, Prenestina-Tor de Schiavi area: the advantage of metro C and the Casilina train plus the Prenestina tram is the problem, but the problem is the archaeological risk that has already emerged throughout the area during the works for metro C.
Velodrome: owned by Ente Eur, size of the areas just sufficient and mediocre public transport infrastructure system (only metro B at Eur Fermi). Among the areas currently under study it is the one with the least attractions.
From this list the areas leave and enter very quickly also because Rome does not intend to initiate technical discussions with the Municipality without Tor di Valle having first been revoked: if it were a divorce, the Giallorossi club wants to avoid the “separation with charge.