As announced recently, the football club has commissioned the final design from Sportium. Tender for its construction is scheduled for next year, which means delivery by 2024 is safe.
Cagliari Calcio have announced that on Monday the contract for the final design of the new stadium has been signed with Sportium. As we informed you earlier in May, the investor has dropped anciliary commercial buildings from the project. It comes after economic analysis showed it's no longer viable, largely because of COVID-19 and its impact on markets.
“In 2021 there will be a public tender for the assignment of the concession for the construction and the presentation of the executive project. Since the start of construction, the duration of the works is estimated to take two years.” the club wrote in its statement.
This reaffirms the official timeline which – already before the pandemic – suggested work on site would begin in 2021 and be delivered in 2024 at the latest. We should note that the project was last year confirmed as being in the public interest (March) and the site's Guide Plan has been approved (November). These decisions paved the way for construction to begin.
Called Cagliari Arena at the moment, the stadium will replace the historical Stadio Sant'Elia, standing just beside the interim Sardegna Arena. Nominal capacity of 25,200 has already been approved for expansion to net 30,000, should Italy win the hosting rights for Euro 2028. It's unclear at the moment whether COVID-19 will stop the country's bid.