This March 26, 2014 artist rendering provided by Italian Serie A soccer club Roma, shows the new stadium to be build on the outskirts of Rome. (AS Roma Via AP)
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Three-time Serie A champion Roma is moving ahead with an ambitious 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) plan for a new, privately financed stadium and surrounding business and entertainment center on the city's outskirts.With a design inspired by the Colosseum, the stadium will seat 52,500 spectators and be able to expand to 60,000 for major matches.The 125-hectare (300 acre) area will also include a training ground for Roma, three high-rise office towers, plus parks and commercial and entertainment areas.Slated to open during the 2017-18 season, the stadium has been a big goal since Roma was purchased by a four-man group of Boston executives, who in 2011 became the first foreign majority owners of a Serie A club.
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