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Month: February 2017

Former Hippodrome owner speaks on condition of Tor di Valle

Former Hippodrome owner Gaetano Papalia spoke to ‘Te la do io Tokyo’ and Centro Suono Sport on the flooding in the area and condition of the decaying hippodrome/horse track.

On Friday, 23/2/2017, questions will be answered on the uncertainty of Stadio della Roma. With President James Pallotta exclaiming that a failure to approve the stadium would be a “catastrophe for Rome and for A.S. Roma,” the pressure is on the city council to approve the project. However, Mayor Virginia Raggi and Cinque Stelle leader Giuseppe “Beppe” Grillo have been advocating for a new location.

On Thursday, Grillo claimed “Selling tickets at Tor di Valle? They better come with a life preserver.” Such inefficiency and disapproval by the cabinet towards the plan has angered the club’s office, the citizens of Rome, and the millions of the Giallorossi fans.

The former partner-owner of the property that sold it to Parnasi shed light on the supposed flooding and environmental issues.


The Tor di Valle is known by everyone in Rome. How did you come into contact with Parnasi about the sale?

In the mid 2000s we started considering selling the property because we could no longer pay its bills. We started to test the waters in 2003, but the idea of the stadium came about in 2008 when I had the opportunity to meet with representatives of Rosella Sensi. They seemed put off by the amount of investment needed to revitalize the infrastructure and road system. A year later there was a proposition from an English company, but the British withdrew a day before the 50 million euro deal was supposed to close because the Capitoline Assembly blocked their planned usage.


Is it true that in two out of the five surveys there was asbestos found? 

Absolutely not because between 2000 and 2001 we paid for a service to come and clean out all the asbestos in the roof and in the foundations. The removal was made into seven different boxes and cost around 700 million euros.


Has there ever been flooding?

No, and this concern has amazed me because these environmental associations were never concerned when we had 700 race horses using the track. There was no overflowing of the Tiber, and even when there were heavy rains – when the Ostiense was submerged – the two de-watering pumps in Tor di Valle were used. They worked automatically and drained everything. We never had to cancel a day because of bad weather, in 50 years. Even when there was snow we were equipped.


Have you ever met with the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage?

Absolutely not. In 2013, when the building was 50 years old, I remember Parnasi acquired a certificate in which the superintendent excluded the cultural value of the artifacts within the district. It was even reassured  by the notary.



This article is an adaptation from @ForzaRoma


Renzi pushes for Stadio della Roma

After recently resigning as the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi has been closely following Roma’s stadium project. He had the following to say about his hopes for seeing its fruition:

“I must admit that I’ve been following Spalletti’s words very tensely: Tomorrow at the Olimpico, Roma face Fiorentina, and for us their coach is a real danger (Renzi is former Mayor of Florence, home of his Fiorentina). He has been appealing to the process, because at this moment/in these weeks the probability for a serious urban project has been confined. It’s not just an important asset for the area, providing jobs and opportunity, but above all a factor for the growth and competitiveness of sport in Italy.

We must make the stadiums hospitable for their guests, and sell the media rights to China. Only then will we return to having the best league in the world. If you say no to everything, as is happening in some cities, then the future is blocked. This also blocks investment. We are then condemned to live with only regrets.”


Curva Fiesole fear similar ban in Florence

Fiorentina’s Curva Fiesole are readying 30 minutes of silence as they join protests against the barriers in Rome.

The transcript reads as follows: “On Tuesday, the 7th of February, our Fiorentina will take on Roma at the Olimpico. (At this point) it is enough that we consider the “history,” also that which is very recent, to understand how much is felt for its rivals in red and yellow. A race that has been ongoing for decades, marked by great battles, in the stands and outside (the stadium). It’s something that shouldn’t be happening, but we excuse ourselves and our conscience from the shameful conditions imposed on the Giallorossi ultras, that are still leaving their curva empty for the protests against repressive and unacceptable measures. It’s not just a question of colors in this case, nor solidarity towards a fanbase that throughout the years has been a protagonist of infamous gestures (scandalous things) and one that really has earned our profound hate. That which happened in Rome could happen tomorrow in Florence. It’s for this motive that the Curva Fiesole – which will be present at the Olimpico on Tuesday – will have a half-hour of silence and won’t display its banners in signs of protest against these measures that inhibit our freedom. Truly unique times that are trying to “normalize” our small spaces of freedom, which are still in place to try to get rid of our passion, and that have always gone against the Italian stadiums and the curve in particular.

-Curva Fiesole  


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