Italy has no shortage of romantic football stories, from individual players, rich traditional clubs whose stories have been passed down for generations to iconic stadiums.
But at the end of 2020, the outdated facilities, the crumbling brick floor and the uncomfortable view from the stands are still part of the fans’ experience coming to the football field. Only four clubs have their own stadiums: Juventus, Udinese, Sassuolo and Atalanta. The remainder attempted to modernize or build their own ‘soccer sanctuary’, but were all thwarted by a combination of rigid bureaucracy and decision-making at speed. cow turtle. A report earlier this year found that 93% of the stadiums of Italy’s three highest leagues were owned by the government. The average age of these courtyards is 63 years, of which 42% are not equipped with roof.
To understand why the situation is so bad, we have to go back thirty years to the 1990 Italian Summer.
The country’s first boot-shaped World Cup since 1934 sparked a super project to build and renovate stadiums across the country. Exactly only two newly built stadiums are the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin and the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, but the rest are significantly upgraded to host the World Cup.
The San Siro is the most notable example: an additional stand was added to increase capacity, the roof was fitted and the iconic circular concrete blocks to this day. The Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Luigi Ferratis in Genoa, San Paolo in Naples and Artemio Franchi in Florence are also in the category of major upgrades.