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Cagliari Calcio could be next Serie A club with its own stadium

by Gianni Dragoni

Cagliari Calcio could be the next Serie A club to own its own stadium, after the project for the Sardinian football club’s facility made a major breakthrough.

The Cagliari city council gave the go-ahead to the zoning variances for the city’s new stadium. After a long debate, all 33 present councillors voted in favor of the plan.

The resolution proposed by the City Council, which had already received a favorable opinion from the planning commission, was illustrated by council member Francesca Ghirra.
The measure had already been approved by the council last November, but the procedure stipulated that it would be possible to make observations. However, there were none.

It is a major step forward towards the construction of the new facility, even if the authorization procedure is not complete.

During the execution of the works, a “temporary stadium” has also been planned, with a capacity of 16,000. It should be built in the parking lots in front of the reserved seating area, using the old grandstand from the Is Arenas stadium and the stands from the dismantled Sant’Elia stadium, the 1970 facility that is used today.

“The discussion today focuses on the zoning variances. The City council will examine the plans again in the future to discuss other aspects. A call for bids will be issued for the project,” said Cagliari mayor Massimo Zedda.

According to plan, everything must be ready for the coming August-September, when the 2017-2018 season starts.

Construction works on the new stadium are expected to start next summer. For Tommaso Giulini’s Cagliari Calcio, it is an investment worth about €55 million.

The new stadium should be ready in 2019. The planned capacity is 21,000 seats, all covered stands. It will include retail space and room for gyms and offices.

The new stadium will also be suitable to host Champions League games and qualification matches for World and European Championships, except for the finals.