Recent news reports illustrate continued troubles plaguing the horse industry in Italy, specificially the trots.
Enrico Tuci reported that through the first nine months of 2013 Italy has not complied with the State Budget for the Horse Sector by paying purses of 35.4 million euro versus budget of 46 million euro, a 23% shortfall. For the year the original budget of 115 million euro (trots and gallop) was reduced to 102 million euro with 61.2 million euro allocated to trotting races. The purse and racetrack/racedate reductions have crippled the equine industry in Italy, affecting agriculture generally, employment, value of foals and has forced closure of companies involved in the sport.
More news appeared regarding the once anticipated construction of a trotting course at the gallop venue Hippodrome Capannelle. The plan for a right-hand course faced industry objection and Capannelle did not hire employees of the closed Hippodrome Tor di Valle, the trotting venue in Rome now destined to become a football stadium site (see below). Absence of a trotting venue in Rome is alleged to also have a negative impact on gallop racing in the market.
Luca Parnasi acquires Tor di Valle horse race-course
AS ROMA NEWS - Hippodrome of Tor di Valle was acquired by the manufacturer Luca Parnasi through his company Eurnova as SAIS, ex-owner of the horse racing venue, sold all rights and facilities. Now AS Roma can finally kick off the paperwork for the construction of the new Giallorossi stadium.
Roma announce their new stadium
55,000 capacity at Tor di Valle in 2016
Totti: “The Roma fans deserve a stadium of their own.” Due to open in time for the 2016-17 season it will have a capacity of 55,000.” The official announcement came during a joint press conference between Orlando and Trigoria.
Roma announced the construction of a new stadium on the 500th day of the American owners’ tenure at the club. It’s a coincidence that has been highlighted on the club’s official website and social networks along with a summary of what they’ve done since they’ve been in the Italian capital. “Many days have passed since 18th August 2011, the day when the deal was done that confirmed the Bostonian James Pallotta as president. That’s 500 days up to today, 30th December 2012.”
Stadium at Tor di Valle — The news arrived in the afternoon via teleconference between Trigoria and Orlando. Tor di Valle has been chosen for the site the new stadium for Roma and their American owners. The deal with the developer Luca Parnasi has been in progress for a while and together with the Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno he made the official announcement from Florida. It will be a major step for the future of Roma as it will bring about an exponential increase in revenues and will be an important asset including new training pitches similar in style to Real Madrid’s. The stadium will be built on the site of the Tor di Valle hippodrome on the south-west edge of the city to a design by the world famous architect, Dan Meis. Roma hope to be playing in the stadium by the 2016-17 season. It will take a year for the paperwork to be completed to allow building to start. The foundations will be laid in 2014 and the stadium will be in use seven days a week, with restaurants, a business centre and shops. “I’m happy to make this announcement,” said Alemanno.
Hippodrome Tor di Valle was an important horse racing venue in the city of Rome. The hippodrome included a racetrack, a training track and a right track and was one of the biggest in Europe. It often becomes a location for cultural, musical and social events in the city.
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com