Serie A club SSC Napoli is set to acquire land for their new 30,000-capacity home stadium along with a sports centre. The president of the Italian club, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has confirmed the plans for the latest move to Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The move would see Napoli vacate their current stadium, the Stadio San Paolo, which was opened in 1959 and underwent renovations in 1990 and last year.
“I’m about to conclude the purchase of land of 100 hectares, where we will build both the stadium and our sports centre. I am taking care of the destination of the area so as not to risk bureaucracy, because I can count that within three years, we will be able to build a new multifunctional stadium with 30,000 seats,” de Laurentiis told the newspaper.
The precise location of where the stadium will be built has not been revealed, although de Laurentiis did confirm that it will not necessarily be within the Municipality of Naples, where it would be more complicated to obtain permits to build.
“But we have chosen an area already prepared, even from an urban point of view, near the railway area,” he added.
Laurentiis has further revealed that Napoli looking forward to emulate the layout of Premier League champions Manchester City’s academy complex, which houses 16 soccer pitches, three gyms and various other modern facilities for the club’s youth sides.