Atalanta reveals plans for new stadium

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Italian Serie A soccer club Atalanta has revealed its plans for the renovation of its Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium by the club’s president – Antonio Percassi – the mayor of Bergamo – Giorgio Gori – and architect Mauro Piantelli.

There are currently builders on site seven days a week, as the club looks to have the first phase of the project completed by the end of August, in time for the beginning of the 2015-16 Serie A season.

The complete project will look to renovate the entire stadium, starting with the Creberg stand. The new look stand will have improved access for disabled supporters, which will see the overall capacity of the stadium reduced from 24,300 to 22,000. However, these seats will be recovered following the renovation of other parts of the ground. It has also been noted that most of the seats lost were those known for having an impaired view of the pitch.

A much-celebrated aspect of the renovation will be the removal of the glass separating the supporters from the playing field, in one of the moves to make the stadium more anglicized.

In terms of funding the stadium, Atalanta will contribute between US$2.4m to US$2.6m (€2.2 – €2.4m) of the US$3.8m (€3.5m) total, with the city of Bergamo funding the remainder of the project.

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