Lo stadio

Il Corriere dello Sport has revealed, at long last, the stadium project for Roma. Below a translated summation:
Roma's stadium bla bla bla bla bla. Bla bla bla bla 54.500 bla. Bla bla bla. Bla bla bla. Rosella Sensi bla bla bla.

That's the gist of it, anyway. I was expecting to see Rosella Sensi's name in the byline, because it has all the feel of a press release, not a serious article written by a journalist. Allow me to look at some excerpts in particular:
. . . [The stadium] [W]ill have a capacity of 54.500 spectators. That is the minimum allowed by Fifa to host games in the European Championship, if that will one day be organized in Italy. The project of the architect, Gino Zavanella, is ready since some time, and was chosen after considering also other offers.
As I read the first sentence this morning, I thought it felt like something made up, and some very brief and basic googling has only strengthened that belief. An example of this would be the fact that no single stadium used in last summer's European championship would have qualified under these lofty restrictions. And if it were a new directive ordered by FIFA since then, numerous candidature cities in various countries has a below 54.000 capacity, which hasn't stopped speculation that these cities would host if the country won the bid for even a moment. Finally, if such limitations do exist, there's nothing to stop FIFA from upping the cut-off point (from this completely arbitrary number) in five years, rendering the stadium useless for international standards.

Regarding the architect allegedly signed on, I find it wholly unbelievable that anyone could study the works of other architects and still end up with Zavanella. For those who are not familiar with some of his earlier work, I give you: exhibit A, exhibit B, exhibit C and exhibit D.

For a club such as Roma, owned by a company more than 500 million euro into debt, money and cost are obviously two important concepts:
The cost of the stadium will be greater than 300 million euro. For Roma there will be no cost . . .
 I'm stupefied they still think anyone could believe that. Depending on one's outtake, it's either among the most na├»ve predictions ever, or one of the most cynical statements ever. That it is allowed to stand unchallenged in the article is a stain on the paper's reputation and credibility. The reasoning is that since in connection to the stadium there will be restaurants, shops, "a well stocked outlet", everything will pay for itself - not just the 150 acre piece of land, the construction of a five star stadium will be magically be paid for by bringing in restaurants and shops. The argument falls on its own flawed logic; if it were so easy, it would have already been done. Why did Arsenal go over 400 million euro in debt if all they needed to do was get some of Rosella's business connections and hook up a restaurant pushing out shepherd's pie onto football goers?

The retort from some would surely be "but Blogistuta, they'd sell naming rights, and recuperate money that way". Sure, except Arsenal sold the name of their stadium and still owe 400 million. Rosella's prime objective is that the stadium will be named after her father, and while I'm not sure how the meeting where she would explain that to Nike would go, I would like nothing more than witnessing their reaction as she suggests "Stadio Franco Sensi (Nike)".

Apropos the time plan:
The project's presentation, initially announced for last week, suffered a postponement. But everything is ready and the mayor of Rome, Alemanno, and the president of the Lazio region, Marazzo, have already been informed. The official word of the new work will come soon, it's a matter of days.
It might. It might come in a few days. (Even if we've heard "a matter of days" so much as romanisti that the words have seized to hold any meaning.) There might come some presentation offering up vague banalities just as the article has done. But I don't believe it to be a coincidence that the project wasn't presented last week, nor that any explanation for its absence was given. The announcement of the presentation itself was conspicuously appropriate in timing, just as the press was filled each day with new murmur of Angelini cozying up to Unicredit more and more, and that the latter bank would like their money from Italpetroli, please. How much has been in the media since Rosella said she would present the stadium project? Virtually nothing. Both because the famously short attention span of the majority of the media has shifted to speculating about the stadium, and because saying declaring a stadium project is in the works, it raises the value of the club. Even if nothing actually will happen, as long as there's some sort of plan in black and white, Roma will be easier to keep a hold of. And more expensive to buy, should Angelini still be able to politically, and want to.