Roma president: Stadium construction to start by end of year

ROME (AP) — Roma president and American businessman James Pallotta remains optimistic that construction will begin on a new stadium inspired by the Colosseum by the end of the year.

The project has been slowed by a long approval process involving city and regional authorities.

But Pallotta tells The Associated Press “we’re still on the same timetable. Hopefully this fall.”

When Roma unveiled a model for the 52,500-seat stadium at city hall a year ago, the plan was to have it open for the 2016-17 season.

Pallotta says the complexity of the project — with an office park and a training facility — has been more difficult than the regulatory process.

Pallotta wants the stadium to host American college football and NFL games.