Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Velodromo Vigorelli, via Arona 19, Milano; Part II



In Part I (http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/2007/12/velodromo-vigorelli-via-arona-19-milano.html), back in December, 2007, we discussed a proposal that was presented to the Mayor of Milano for a new multi-use Vigorelli.


The specific project plans have now been unveiled and the next step in the project is to seek financing. The city is committed to funding 12 million Euro of the estimated 50 million Euro project cost; the other 38 million Euro would come from the private sector. The goal is to inaugurate the new facility in 2012.


The main elements of the plan are:
-the exterior is unchanged,
-installation of a transparent bubble roof (photo above)
-new track of 250 meters in length (in order to comply with World Championship regulations; when the Vigorelli was built in 1935 it was 397.57 meters in length),
-permanent seating expanded from 9,000 to 10,000 seats,
-in addition to permanent seating there will be 2,000 track-side seats for track events,
-quick re-configuration of the facility for sporting events (such as basketball, hockey and boxing) and concerts,
-22 box suites

Take a look at the video of the future for the Vigorelli:




Tomorrow we'll discuss what this all signifies for Alberto Masi who has continued in his father's (Faliero) shop at the Vigorelli.


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