Woods Bagot will design a new $400 million stadium for the AS Roma soccer team that takes architectural inspiration from the Colosseum. A polycarbonate roof, evocative of the fabric canopy once used in the upper tiers of the famed amphitheater, covers the 52,500-seat concrete bowl. Meanwhile, a “floating” stone scrim wrapping the stadium is reminiscent of the Colosseum’s façade. A hydraulic lift on the pitch level creates a dramatic entrance for the players, recalling the historic arena’s gladiatorial lifts.
A separate section of 14,800 seats for Roma’s ultra-supporters will feature what Woods Bagot calls “a more ‘muscular’ and raw architecture to provide a clear and unquestionable identity as the heart of AS Roma fans.” A premium section of 600 seats in the lower bowl offers direct access to a club where fans can see the team exiting and entering the pitch.
The venue, which is targeting carbon neutrality, will be easily arranged into multiple configurations. It is expected to open in time for the 2016-17 season.