The Comune di Bergamo has officially announced that Atalanta have bought Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia. Within 6 months we should see the concrete plan of redevelopment.
Atalanta now have six months to present their plan to redevelop the stadium, which will include rebuilding the two curves, revamping two sides and incorporating historical elements into the new stadium. Final capacity in final rectangular layout should be at around 22,000 or 23,000.
There is a deadline of 6 years for all the works to be delivered. Now that the club has ownership of its home, it can utilise new Italian legislation aimed at facilitating the funding process for private stadium investment.
To ensure their constant use, gradual replacement of each stand is planned. The north end will come in 2018, south in 2019 and the two sides should be refurbished by mid-2020.
One significant restriction covers the east stand. It’s already nearly 90 years old and listed as a historical monument. For that reason its façade (below) is required to be left intact, incorporated into the new stadium. Also, the highly-decorated roof’s inner side needs to be recreated once replaced with new structure.