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Thursday 11th April 2002

Juventus have threatened to quit Turin for good after the city council stalled on plans to renovate the Stadio delle Alpi. Juventus hope to purchase the unpopular stadium and rebuild it entirely in a bid to attract supporters back to matches.

The running track surrounding the pitch would be removed, the stands brought forward and the capacity reduced to give the ground an 'English-style' atmosphere.

The club also intends to develop the area around the stadium to increase revenue through a shopping, hotel and cinema complex.

But Turin City Council insist that any such development would require modifying the original urban plan for the area - a process that could take up to ten months to approve.

Turin mayor Sergio Chiamparino's refusal to give the go-ahead for the project on Thursday met with anger from Juventus general manager Antonio Giraudo, who attempted to force his hand by threatening that the club would leave if no solution was reached.

"We might do it like the Americans," Giraudo said. "When a football, baseball or basketball franchise there doesn't find an ideal situation in which to develop, it leaves the city. And the new stadium is an opportunity for us to develop."

Juventus had planned for the work on the stadium redevelopment, which they believe could be completed within 14 months, to begin at the end of the season.

The club had already begun looking for alternative cities to play in next season when Chiamparino voiced his opposition to the plan.

Torino, who on Wednesday gave Juve muted support, have now also come out in opposition. Torino are the city's most popular club and share the Delle Alpi with Juventus.

It had been suggested that they could continue playing at the stadium while it was being rebuilt, but that is no longer considered a viable option.

Torino president Attilio Romero reiterated that his club would not consider playing home matches outside the city while the stadium was being rebuilt. "We can't accept playing far from the Delle Alpi," he said.

If the redevelopment eventually gets the go-ahead, Juventus would purchase the ground and charge Torino to play there.
 

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maybe it would be better to leave turin and build a stadium somewhere close to turin, but also where we will have fans travelling to the home games.

a stadium like Ajax's would be perfect. nothing to big, but its a great atmosphere.
 

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Is it official or simple rumours?
Well, I already got used to Delle Alpi, and I don't wish us leaving it. But if we are not given a permition to play there, we should build the stadium of our own somewhere near Turin with capacity 50000-60000. It will be enough...and indeed numbers are nothing, we need a stadium that could create superb atmosphere. Just look at Ali Sami YEn stadium of GAlatasaray, it is only for 18000 fans, but atmosphere is superb there.
 

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Rubentus should quit their stadium and play somewhere else where maybe just maybe they can fill the stadium for once in a while!
 

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maybe some of the 38% of Italian football fans that support juventus will actually find a reason to go to home Juventus games:eek:

probably not:rolleyes:
 

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Turin is such a cold city and so are the people that live in it.
 
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