Italy: How much have Serie A stadiums earned in 2023?

source: Calcio e Finanza, UEFA,; author: Miguel Ciołczyk Garcia

Italy: How much have Serie A stadiums earned in 2023? The Italian league is ranked among the prestigious "Big 5" - a group of Europe's best leagues. Despite this, in terms of revenue, Serie A stadiums lag behind venues in England or Spain, as the Calcio e Finanza portal has shown by publishing the revenue brought in by Italian arenas in 2023. The gap between the bottom and the top of the ranking is huge, but the battle for 1st place was fierce.


How much did the bottom of the economic table earn?

The most modestly ranked in Calcio e Finanza's 2023 analysis was Monza, receiving just €2.7 million from its facility. Similar results were scored by Empoli (€2.8m) and Spezia (€3m). Slightly better were Sassuolo (€3.7m), Verona, Torino and Cremonese - €4.5m each.

They were followed by Sampdoria in 13th place with €4.6m. The next ones were Bologna (€6.4m) and Atalanta, who, despite finishing 5th in 2022/23 and playing in the Europa League, finished 11th with €7.2m. Such an outcome has to do with the construction of their stadium, which has been ongoing throughout this period. The top ten is opened by Udinese (€8m), whose result was slightly improved by Salernitana (€8.6m) and Lecce (€8.8m).

Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze© groundhopping_damenklo | Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze

Milan's economic derby

Only seven clubs achieved double-digit revenue from their stadiums, but in this group a wide disparity is evident as well. Stadio Artemio Franchi of seventh-placed Fiorentina generated €14.1 million, as did Stadio Olimpico for Lazio with €17.9 million. More revenue than both clubs combined was received by Napoli, as Stadio Diego Armando Maradona earned €37.9m.

4th in the table was Roma, who share the capital's Olympic Stadium with Lazio. Roma’s budget was boosted by €49.2m from the stadium. At the bottom of the podium was Juventus, whose Allianz Stadium provided the Turin-based club with €61.5 million.

The top two places were occupied by AC Milan and Inter, who share Stadio San Siro, but despite securing an impressive €72.8 million for Italian conditions, the Rossoneri also had to give way in this competition to the Nerazzurri, who received €79 million in revenue.

Stadio Olimpico© Marco_Pomella | Stadio Olimpico

How does Serie A compare to the European leagues?

The gap between the best Serie A teams and the rest is huge. The 13 worst teams in terms of stadium revenue collectively generated just €69.3m, less than Inter or AC Milan. This disparity compounds the difference in potential between Italian teams.

This is a visible trend in the Italian league, as UEFA's The European Club Finance and Investment Landscape report for 2023 shows that the average ticket revenue in Italy is just €10.9m, the lowest of the so-called Big 5. By comparison, the same average for the Premier League is €44.7m.

Just as bad is the median, i.e. the earnings of the club in the middle of the table. In Serie A, it is €5.6m, almost five times less than in England. The median is also higher in Germany (€11.9m), France (€6.8m) and Spain (€6.1m), where Barcelona and Real Madrid monopolise attendance year after year. In 2023, the median has increased by €2m, which may indicate improved financial performance.

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Stadio San Siro)© The Hausmeister's Groundhopping | Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Stadio San Siro)

Why do Italian stadiums perform so poorly?

The reason is not the capacity of the stadiums, as the venues on the Apennine Peninsula are not far behind the rest of the country in terms of the number of seats. The answer, however, may lie in attendance. Inter, AC Milan, Roma, Napoli and Lazio account for half (!) of the tickets sold this season.

In Serie A, the average attendance does not exceed 31,000 spectators per game, which is ⅖ of the average number of fans at matches of the most-watched team - Inter Milan, whose matches are watched by an average of 73,000 people. This compares with an average of 39,000 spectators per game in the Premier League, more than half the average attendance at the most popular Old Trafford (73,500).

Thus, the average in the Premier League is at the level of the 10th team and in Serie A it is between the 8th and 7th teams in the table. The poor financial performance of Italian stadiums may also be influenced by the fact that only ⅕ of them take their name from a title sponsor, while in Germany 78% of teams make money this way.

Old Trafford© Nick.mon (CC BY-SA 4.0) | Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Of course, stadium revenues are only part of a club's income, but they may provide some indication of why the Premier League has left La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga or Ligue 1 behind economically. Strong competition and similar revenues foster fierce rivalry, while monopolisation of resources along the lines of Barca and Real in Spain or Inter in Italy does not foster innovation and economic growth.

And here is a total breakdown of Serie A stadium revenues:

Pos.StadiumClub Revenue (in €m)


 1. Stadio San Siro Inter 79 75,817
 2. Stadio San Siro AC Milan 72,8 75,817
 3. Allianz Stadium Juventus 61,5 41,507
 4. Stadio Olimpico Roma 49,2 73,261
 5. Stadio Diego Armando Maradona Napoli 37,9 54,726
 6. Stadio Olimpico Lazio 17,9 73,261
 7. Stadio Artemio Franchi Fiorentina 14,1 43,147
 8. Stadio Via del Mare Lecce 8,8 31,559
 9. Stadio Arechi Salernitana 8,6 29,739
 10. Bluenergy Stadium Udinese 8 25,132
 11. Gewiss Stadium Atalanta 7,2 19,768
 12. Stadio Renato Dall’Ara Bologna 6,4 38,279
13. Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris Sampdoria 4,6 33,205
 14. Stadio Giovanni Zini Cremonese 4,5 16,003
 15. Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino Torino 4,5 28,177
 16. Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi Hellas Verona 4,5 39,211
 17. Mapei Stadium Sassuolo 3,7 21,525
 18. Stadio Alberto Picco Spezia 3,0 11,902
 19. Stadio Carlo Castellani Empoli 2,8 16,284
 20. U-Power Stadium Monza 2,7 15,039