Arena de Montecara
Il scuol dei gladiatòri
(Montecaran, The Gladiator School)
Arena de Montecara, 2013
|Owner||State of Montecara|
|Broke ground||July 2011|
|Construction cost||Ł1.5 billion|
|Montecara national football team|
Prior to the Arena's construction, Montecaran football was housed at the Cànpo Marçiàl (Montecaran, Field of Mars). Though a historic and beloved venue, the Cànpo Marçiàl was by the 1990s far too small to serve as a major football stadium and was sorely lacking in modern amenities. Planning for a new stadium was approved in 1998 and construction began in the summer of 2011, funded by the state government.
The arena was built on a brownfield site that had been designated by the government for redevelopment and environmental remediation. The total cost of construction eventually exceeded estimates by nearly Ł250 million, mainly owing to the difficulty of cleaning up toxic waste that was discovered on-site after demolition of the old factories had already begun.