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Good afternoon and thanks for joining us. We're very excited to be here for this historic announcement about our future stadium. I'd like to thank Disney for hosting our winter training. We're really proud to be partners with them for the coming years.
Historically, Rome is a special city for stadia, from the Colosseum to the Stadio Olimpico. Today's conference is a step towards the construction of a new home for AS Roma – a stadium that will be second to none. There is still much work to be done and more details will be announced in the months ahead but today we're pleased to announce several items.
First, the location for the new stadium will be Tor di Valle. That's the result of a very patient and professional process, with the support of Cushman and Wakefield. Second, we expect to be able to open the stadium in the 2016/17 season. Third, we anticipate the capacity to be around 55 to 60 thousand – enough to host the Champions League final while maintaining an intimate feel and offering the fans a special experience. We also want to stress that it will be privately financed and based on current legislation. Finally, I'm pleased to announce that the project manager will be Luca Parnasi of the Parsitalia Group.
Good afternoon everyone. This is an incredibly exciting day for all of us here and hopefully for all of Rome and all Roma fans around the world. This announcement today has been part of our original plan for AS Roma to be a championship-caliber team for the foreseeable future. Rome deserves it. As we all know, it's been a long process but from the new ownership point of view we've been working on it for the last year. It shows our belief in Italy and the Italian economy. We at Roma have been fortunate to meet a partner that we could only dream about a year ago. We're looking forward to a long relationship both on a business side and as friends.
Why did Roma choose to come to Disney World? Because Disney is one of the greatest brands in the world for entertainment and with ESPN it's now probably the greatest brand in sports right now. So for us to be associated with them for at least the next seven years is really important, there couldn't be a better partner on that side and this partnership will help AS Roma to become a world-renowned brand. Just to give you an example, Roma merchandise will be sold in Disney stores in the future so there will be a group of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10-year-olds who will grow up and hopefully their first team of choice will be AS Roma.
Totti's dream of playing in the new stadium? I hope he scores the first goal there!
How far up the priority scale was the construction of the stadium when we took over the club? The first criteria when we got involved was to bring in an incredibly talented management team and I think we've accomplished that with Franco [Baldini], Walter [Sabatini], Claudio [Fenucci] and now Italo [Zanzi] too. At the same time, a championship-caliber team on the pitch is extremely important – having a great stadium is no good to anybody if we don't have a team on the pitch. Part and parcel of that is the stadium. As Totti said, Roma and Rome deserve the stadium we're going to build. In terms of the priority scale, they all go hand in hand – like the three points on a triangle.
I'll introduce myself briefly. I'm Luca Parnasi, the CEO of the Parsitalia Group. First of all, I would like to thank president Pallotta, the future CEO Italo Zanzi and the outgoing CEO Mark Pannes for giving me and my partner Lombardo the chance to be here today and join in with this project.
I'm really proud and honoured to be here and I think for Rome this will be a real masterpiece in a moment of financial crisis for Italy. Just to realise the construction of the stadium we'll employ 1000 people over 24 months, so there will be significant economic implications.
I thank all the institutions, from the Municipality of Rome to the Lazio Region and all the other Italian institutions who will give their total support for the project and demonstrate to foreign investors that projects of this size can be a great success in Italy.
So let's down to work and do a great job!
On behalf of the city of Rome, I thank those who have allowed the realisation of a dream that Roma fans have had for a long time. Our fans deserve their own stadium, one exclusively for the Giallorossi, in order to achieve important goals. That’s why I think it’s right to have a ground owned by the club. I give my thanks as the captain to Parnasi and Pallotta for this fantastic dream that will soon be realised.
Today we present the area of Roma’s new stadium: Tor di Valle. We considered more than one hundred areas, and thanks to our efforts with the City we reduced the number and finally settled on Tor di Valle. It will be a unique structure, one not inspired by others, but it will certainly take into account the experience of other situations.
The construction costs? We’re still at the beginning stages and it’s not possible to give exact figures right now. You can say that for every new stadium the cost of each seat is about 3,000 to 3,500 euros. The name of the stadium? As with other European stadiums, there will be the possibility to sell the rights to any companies that want to get involved.
Is it a bit ambitious to set the goal as the 2016/17 season? We believe we can make it happen, even without the law on stadiums, although the approval of such a law would be a clear benefit to Italian football as a whole.
This is a highly awaited moment not just for the Giallorossi, but also for the city of Rome. The fact that a stadium will be built thanks to the efforts of American ownership is a powerful message for the marketing of our city. It means that good investments can be made here too. We hope to conclude the bureaucratic process in a year, but should the stadium law be approved then we hope to do it in eight months.
Is it a difficult goal to achieve in twelve months? It’s ambitious, but it’s possible. The city government will give Roma all the support they need. I can assure you that it will all be done with maximum transparency, even if the government should change.
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