Turin: Torino will return to roots in 2016?
source: StadiumDB.com; author: michał
The club hope to get planning permission this year and play their first game at the new stadium in Fiadelfia on May 4, 2016. This doesn’t mean Toro are leaving Stadio Olimpico definitely…
First concepts of how the new Stadio Filadelfia might look were drawn already in 1997, before the stadium was even demolished. After destruction of the old ground Torino were first sharing Stadio delle Alpi with Juventus, then settled at Stadio Olimpico.
While their current home may be just a few blocks away from the old one (as shown in the below satellite photo), Torino haven’t given up on their dream. According to latest information, the club hope to receive planning permission this year and have their new stadium opened on May 4, 2016. The date isn’t accidental, it commemorates the Superga air disaster. Likewise, presentation of details is expected on May 4, next Sunday.
Aerial view of the old stadium before 1998 demolition:
Latest plans received a preliminary approval from the municipality of Turin. However, StadiumDB.com understands the new stadium would not play the role of Toro’s main ground. Fitting a large modern stadium within the extremely tight footprint is not possible for safety and logistical reasons.
This is why the new ground might become Torino’s headquarters and secondary stadium for reserve games or less popular Serie A fixtures, but most probably will not mean a relocation from Stadio Olimpico altogether.
While details are yet to be revealed, the plan sounds similar to one shown back in 2013, which foresees a new 4,200-seat stadium with club offices and Torino museum. New training pitch would also be built alongside the main grandstand.