“The Arena’s main enemy is the rain” said the mayor of Verona, Flavio Tosi. Clearly a coverage would also permit the execution of scheduled operas even in the case of bad weather; but this is not the priority, Tosi pointed out. With this in mind the Council of Verona last March organized a contest to find ideas for a weather cover for the Arena. Out of the 84 proposals submitted, the project that has been chosen is the one developed by engineering firm Schlaich German Bergermann and partners with the architects of Gerkan Marg and Partners Group.
Their project consists of a removable structure supporting a tarpaulin (about 12 thousand square meters) that, when not in use, can slide to be folded on one side, together with the necessary cables, and concealed in the coverage ring. “It is a fantastic project,” commented the mayor who is optimistic about the possibility of realizing it in a short time. The project, which has an estimated cost of €13.5 million, will be the subject of a round table consultation with the superintendent and the Ministry of Culture Dario Franceschini, who, in the recent months, has demonstrated open-mindedness and a ‘pragmatic attitude’ towards this possibility.
“It will take a few months for the technical part – Tosi continued – a year, a year and a half for the construction site. If all goes well, it should be done in three years.”
Ilona Catani Scarlett