According to combined accounts in Il Gazzettino and the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, Sydney-based architect Lawrence Nield and the Mayor of Venice, Paolo Costa, last Saturday unveiled plans for a $46 million soccer stadium to be built near the Marco Polo airport. It would hold 30,000 people, and be linked to Venice by a newly constructed canal. There are also plans for a hotel to be built nearby.
Nield claims that the Venetian Soccer club, AC Venezia, blames its current second division (Serie B) fate "on their .. old, clapped out stadium".
According to the AC Venezia web site, the current stadium is the oldest in major league Italian soccer, and was inaugurated in 1913. The Penzo stadium, named after aviator Pier Luigi Penzo, is located on the island of Sant' Elena, part of the sestiere of Castello, next to the Venice yacht club.
The new stadium will more than double Penzo's 13,000+ capacity. It will be shaped "like a square, with the corners cut out", bringing fans closer to the action, and nosebleed seats will have will "views to the snow-topped Dolomite mountains" and "the campaniles of Venice".
Timing: 2+ years to complete.
The current stadium, which I've been to a couple times, is reachable via a pleasant little hike down the Riva degli Schiavoni, or via vaporetto. If the new site is "by the airport", it is considerably further away from the historic center, which seems like a negative. On the other hand I appreciate how impossible building a new football stadium in Venice proper would be.
The photo above was taken on one blistering Saturday as AC Venezia whupped Salerno (click on it for an enlargement).