Today, Monday 14 July 2014, ACF Fiorentina presented to the City of Florence a feasibility study for the construction of a new stadium and the setting up of related activities necessary to guarantee the structure’s financial stability, in accordance with the new Italian stadium law (147/2013, article 1, paragraph 304).
The proposed next-generation arena, a 40,000 seater without a running track, will be equipped with facilities on a par with those of other top European clubs and meet the technological and functional standards required by UEFA for international competition.
The connected activities – shops, hotels and tourism – will help to ensure the overall financial stability of the initiative. Together with the congress areas and spaces set aside for sports-related museums, these activities will provide a boost for the local area in social, economic and employment terms.
The feasibility study is based on the area indicated by the City Administration in its territorial planning. The area is necessarily a large one as it must be compatible with the stadium, the construction works required to make it usable and the related infrastructure development, which includes infrastructure that will be of direct benefit to the city. However, ACF Fiorentina wishes to put on record that it is prepared to propose another feasibility study should the City Council identify an alternative area, providing that it allows the aims of the project to be met.
ACF Fiorentina believes that with the project described in the feasibility study the city’s football team will have a modern, functional stadium similar to those used by the biggest European clubs competing in international competitions, while the City of Florence, besides having a stadium built at no public expense, would receive further commercial and tourism resources that could help to extend the average stay of visitors who are attracted to Florence by the city’s artistic and cultural heritage.