Roma CEO Pietro Berardi shares stadium update, says Populous agency in charge of project

Andy Mattioli

Roma CEO Pietro Berardi attended the conference for the declaration of public interest for Roma’s new stadium as the club continue to seek the final approval to begin construction as soon as possible.

The event was also attended by the Mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, who professed himself optimistic with regards to a speedy approval of Roma’s plans.

Berardi addressed the audience and released a statement on which public officials later voted.

“We, as Roma, are very happy. I bring greetings from Dan and Ryan Friedkin. They strongly believe in this project and its objective to launch us into the Olympus of European football.”

“An important thing is to respect the dates and in Italy this is not always the case. We brought the documentation on October 3rd. Respecting the dates is essential to show all citizens, fans and potential investors how much you believe in this project. There was a continuous dialogue and a lot of transparency.”

“All documents and plans have been published online and are accessible to all. I think there is a very open dialogue, we have chosen an area where there is already existing transport even if it needs to be improved. We care about the Pertini Hospital and there are improvements to be made for the Tiburtina station.”

“I am proud to present an urban regeneration project on behalf of Roma. It must become an attractive initiative for tourists and citizens by recovering an area that is currently not being used to its best advantage.”

“We also want to give a home to Roma fans and those who want to play for this club.”

“Dan and Ryan Friedkin are directly involved in the design of the stadium. As soon as it is final, Mayor Gualtieri will be the first to see it. The agency designing the stadium will be Populous who also built Tottenham’s stadium in London.”

“The Friedkin family is not looking for partners for the stadium, they want to continue this project on their own,” he concluded.

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