clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Fiorentina chooses Bagno a Ripoli as site for new home and training center

Fiorentina grows through acquisition. Now will build “state of the art” training ground.

ACF Fiorentina v Udinese Calcio - Serie A
For Life!
Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Today, Fiorentina announced it is in the business of making dreams happen. In a press release sent to ViolaNation, Fiorentina and the Municipality of Bagno a Ripoli announced the agreement for the sale of land that will go towards the development of Fiorentina’s new Centro Sportivo.

Rocco Commisso told us exclusively this week, “If I’m able to do this, it will be the most state-of-the-art Centro Sportivo in all of Italy. We are talking about lots of acreage where we could have at least ten fields. We will have lights, a covered stadium where the women and Primavera can play. There would be a central office, a gym, athletic facilities and sleeping and learning quarters for all the kids.”

The new training grounds will be the first Fiorentina owned property and cover approximately 62 acres. True to Rocco’s words, the new Casa Viola will be one of the largest training facilities in Italy. It will house all of the club’s offices, as well as the training fields for the men’s and women’s first teams and the youth teams.

“I am proud and excited to announce this new chapter in the history of our club,” President Rocco Commisso said. “After buying the club on June 6th, 2019, strengthening the team during the summer and entering the Mediacom sponsorship, we are now making another major investment which we believe is crucial for Fiorentina’s growth and will become an asset for the fans and the Florence region.”

“I would like to thank the Guicciardini Corsi Salviati family, who has owned the land for more than 150 years, Veronica S.r.l. for its help, the Town Council and Mayor of Bagno a Ripoli Francesco Casini, as well as all the institutions which have welcomed and helped with the project and will continue to be fundamental to the construction of this state-of-the-art training center.”

ViolaNation reached out to Tom Larsen, SVP of Government & Public Relations for Mediacom for additional comments. “Rocco is 100% committed to turning Fiorentina into a winner. Today’s announcement about the purchase of land for the Centro Sportivo is a major step towards reaching his goal.”

Want more good news for you Wednesday? Tom added, “We are excited to begin and believe this project will be completed in less than two years.”

Il nuovo centro sportivo della Fiorentina

L'#ACFFiorentina ha scelto Bagno a Ripoli per la sua nuova casa e il centro sportivo | Fiorentina chooses Bagno a Ripoli as site for new home and training center ⚽ Il comunicato ufficiale ➡️ Press Release ➡️ #ForzaViola ⚜

Posted by ACF Fiorentina on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

So what does this mean for a new stadium?

Well, it certainly shows that this new Fiorentina under Rocco has a different direction with a different attitude towards action or an inability to act. I do believe the quotes earlier this week were a professional courtesy given by Rocco to the city of Florence. If all things are equal, no one prefers a stadium outside of the city. Unfortunately, all things aren’t equal, and we need to see if the city of Firenze can expedite its processes to accommodate this new company under the direction of Rocco Commisso.

“I hope that it will be possible to carry out the approval process for the construction of a new stadium just as quickly, as that would be another key step enabling Fiorentina to grow further. Since day one I have always said that I wanted to get things done quickly and the signing of this agreement is proof that when everyone wants to achieve something and works together, it is possible to do things fast and efficient.”

Tell us your thoughts below and don’t forget to vote in our poll for where you want the stadium. Don’t be surprised if Rocco reads it himself!

Forza Viola! Forza Nuovo Centro Sportivo!