Stadio Renato Dall’Ara
|Category||Design awaiting implementation|
|Cost||€ 100 mln|
|Construction||05/2022 - ?|
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara – design description
The long-awaited reconstruction of Stadio Renato Dall'Ara will change the stadium's appearance entirely, while respecting its most historic part, dating back to 1927. In order to do this, uppermost sections (built for Copa '90) would be dismantled, revealing the brick arcades currently hidden behind steel expansion. Masonry would then be thoroughly renovated, while inside the stadium a real revolution is planned.
All existing stands would be demolished, with only the main structure of the west stand retained, as it holds most of the required sporting facilities. New auditorium would be erected as a steel skeleton and even in the west change for fans will be massive. Currently the main stand is 18 meters away from the field, while at the new stadium it woud be moved to just 7.5m. This same distance would apply to all other sides of the auditorium. By comparison, at present the front row behind each goal is a huge 43.5-meter-distance away from the field!
The stands would not only be brought closer to the field but also reduced in size. Currently, with the uppermost parts sealed off, matchday size is 31,000. At the new stadium it would be just under 27,000. This number includes 240 seats in 22 boxes (from 6 to 42 per box), 108 press seats and an away enclosure for 1,345 people. Also, 62 places for wheelchair users are to be spread across all four stands.
Newly-organised space would see fans enter through 28 gates and take their seats within a 100-meter route. They would leave through the same gates, which facilitates evacuation, supposedly possible within just 5 minutes.
The compact auditorium means that a lot of space is created between the field and historic outer walls. Over 19,200 m2 are avilable for matchday facilities and further 1,160 m2 would be occupied by Bologna FC's museum. Due to the difference between oval and rectangular layouts, as much as 6,000 m2 would be available for non-matchday leisure/commercial use behind each goal, to be used even during games.
In the new layout all seats would be covered. The roof would have a unique structure with most of its weight based in the corners. This way it's possible to minimise the structure above east stand. Where only thin cables would support the transparent polycarbonate cladding, revealing the famous stadium tower to spectators inside. Overall the stadium would be covered largely with aluminium, in line with nearby natatorium's existing roof, while portions of polycarbonate would bring more light inside. Also, the cover would be divided into three overlapping layers with openings between them. This way nautral ventilation is ensured.
The ambitious connection between old and new is created by GAU Arena, curated by the famous Gino Zavanella. Its implementation should cost €100 million (initially 70 million was anticipated) and be carried out at public-private partnership between the city of Bologna (€40m) and the Saputo family who own the football club. It would be Italy's first PPP stadium project of such scale.
Bologna: Breakthrough on the new Bologna stadium
It seems that the realisation of the project to rebuild the Dall'Ara stadium is getting closer. Bologna FC and the partner which is the City Council, are not announcing anything definitive for now. However, the talks are ongoing.
Italy: Bologna's new stadium on hold?
The process of building a stadium in Italy often does not go beyond the design presentation phase. It is very possible that such a fate will meet the reconstruction of Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. The latest reports on this matter are not very optimistic.
Italy: Temporary stadium in Bologna closer to fruition
Construction of a new secondary stadium for Bologna FC is about to begin in a couple months, according to the club’s new partner and naming rights holder of said stadium.
Bologna: Awaiting for final approval of stadium
It is getting closer, but still far from the start. The project in Bologna is undergoing a tedious bureaucratic procedure that may end at the beginning of the fourth quarter of this year.
Bologna: Dall'Ara reconstruction coming closer
The city of Bologna gave its blessing for further preparation to completely redevelop Stadio Dall'Ara. The road is still long but progress on the project is much welcome!
Italy: Bologna with crucial stadium partnership
Over a year after the official presentation, Bologna FC have recently secured an agreement with Credito Sportivo. The deal should organise financing of the club's ambitious two-stadium scheme.