San Paolo Stadium
No other venue in Italy’s stadium portfolio personifies the need for upgrades more than Naples’ Stadio San Paolo. Made famous by Diego Maradona in the mid 1980’s, the existing stadium is a centerpiece of Italy’s 2016 Euro Cup bid. Recognizing the significance of San Paolo to Italy’s successful bid strategy, ICON Venue Group, the company managing the stadium proposal for Italy’s bid, enlisted the assistance of international sports architect MANICA Architecture to lead the renovation concepts of the stadium in partnership with the local architect and engineers of Naples. The result is a renovation concept that removes the existing running track, prioritizes the fans by creating a more intimate football pitch environment, upgrades the safety and comfort of the seating tier with improved legroom and roof protection and meets 100% of the technical seating requirements of UEFA for stadium compliance. Additional renovation concepts include a new membrane roof, new VIP skybox suites, and a new exterior facade that includes programmable LED lights.
The full combination of work being considered for Naple’s Stadio San Paolo will not only create an entirely new image for the stadium, but it will create a fan experience as yet unmatched in Italy. Indeed, Italy’s goal of using the bid to rebuild its stadium portfolio is based on a vision of the importance of football in Italy. It’s a clear vision that extends well beyond any single tournament – no matter how significant.
MANICA Architecture worked in association with ICON Venue Group on this project.
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