Plans to build three new stands at Stadio Friuli just received approval from both football and Olympic governing bodies. And after Udinese has already claimed 99-year lease of the ground from the city, works are to start within months.
Udinese supporters have already seen way too many visions of their home stadium getting a makeover. None of them so far got as far as the current vision, presented in this short clip.
Long awaited developments are unfolding now with the concept being presented to journalists in July and now receiving approval from both CONI and FIGC (Italian Olympic Committee and Football Association, respectively).
That along with 99-year lease the club has obtained recently all leads to plans seeming just a step from fruition. They aren’t as impressive as the ones envisaged before with capacity dropping from over 40,000 to 30,000. But most importantly – no more athletics track, fans seated close to the action and under a solid roof. Simple, but at least seems to be the first realistic vision.
The historical concrete arch is to be retained along with main stand, which is right now undergoing renovation works both inside (new seats) and out (new cladding). Complete cost of the redevelopment should be around € 20-25 million. If everything goes as planned, we should see the structure ready in September 2014 with construction works expected to start by April 2013.