While the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara is undergoing renovations, Italian Serie A football team Bologna has unveiled designs for the stadium that will serve as its temporary home.
After submitting its temporary stadium project’s blueprints to the Municipality of Bologna in July 2021, Bologna first disclosed specifics about the proposal. The location for the event will be on property held by the municipality that encircles the Agri-Food Centre of Bologna.
This location is perfect because it can take advantage of the nearby parking lots that are already in place and because it has the necessary infrastructure. More than 2,000 of the stadium’s anticipated 16,000 seats will be covered. Bologna Stadio, a corporation established by the team in February 2020 to manage the Dall’Ara reconstruction, will pay the whole $13.3 million cost of the stadium’s construction.
The plan calls for Bologna to play in the temporary stadium for the two seasons that the Dall’Ara will be undergoing renovations. The stadium will thereafter be downsized to slightly over 2,000 seats, while preserving the covered grandstand, for usage by the women’s team and youth football.
The tasks for the refurbishment of the Dall’Ara and the construction of the temporary stadium have been combined into one procedure and will operate in tandem. The temporary stadium’s final design will be evaluated in the following stages, which will take place between the end of 2023 and the start of 2024, through a Services Conference and a request for bids.
“The construction operation of the temporary stadium is linked to the need to find an adequate structure in which the team can play league matches whilst the work is taking place at Dall’Ara since the planners ruled out the possibility of playing at the stadium whilst the work is carried out,” Bologna CEO Claudio Fenucci stated via press release.
The 1927-built Dall’Ara received renovations in preparation for Italy’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 1990. The most recent concept aims to scale back the building and remove the superstructure added during the last refurbishment in order to build a 30,000-seat stadium that is completely covered and has its stands closer to the field.
By the end of 2022, work on the Dall’Ara’s reconstruction was supposed to begin, however it has since been postponed. The new-look stadium is now being eyed for a part in Italy’s quest to host UEFA Euro 2032, according to stakeholders.