Napoli celebrate as green light given to new stadium

The convincing victory over Chelsea in the Champions League is just the latest brick of something special being built on the Vesuvius' slopes.

The convincing victory over Chelsea in the Champions League is just the latest brick of something special being built on the Vesuvius' slopes.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis' club is the new smiling face of Italian football and now is ready to make another important step.

This morning De Laurentiis, the famous film producer, has met Naples mayor Luigi De Magistris at the seafront Bar Caruso of the Hotel Vesuvio to discuss the new stadium for SSC Napoli. In effect, the actual San Paolo, the historical theatre of Diego Armando Maradona, was built in 1959 and after more than 50 years it is time for retirement. Currently San Paolo, owned by the city of Naples, needs tons of urgent works to keep up with the club's ambitions. The result of the meeting has led to greater co-operation to complete a new stadium in the Ponticelli area. Thirty minutes away from the city centre.

After his election in 2011, De Magistris (a former prosecutor) is committed to creating a better image for this wonderful Mediterranean city, famous all over the world for criminality.

"Naples and Neapolitan people must have a new modern stadium," said the politician after the meeting on a balcony overlooking the bay with Capri and Sorrento, "De Laurentiis is doing great things and we have full agreement. Once valued all the aspects, urban and technical, we will proceed as fast as possible to turn words in reality."

Considering the municipal cash situation, the biggest news is the ownership of stadium: "The city of Naples will provide a piece of land and other things but the money will be completely from privates. It's a strategic decision, that we will take all together, primarily for the city and Napoli fans."

- by Michele Mauro

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