Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca
|Clubs||Ascoli Picchio FC 1898|
|Renovations||1974, 2007, 2016, 2017-?|
|Address||Via delle Zeppelle, 63100 Ascoli Piceno|
Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca – stadium description
Construction of the ground called after famous Del Duca brothers (press publishers) started in 1955. It wasn’t finished until 1962, when inauguration took place. The reinforced concrete structure had its first major overhaul in 1974 with curves receiving a second tier to reach the level of stands along the pitch.
Thanks to this change capacity rose to 40,000 people (mostly standing) and earned Ascoli not only Serie A crowds, but also Italy national team games. Over the years capacity started falling, though (34,000 in 1980’s, 28,000 in 1990’s and then to 20,000 after 2007).
In 2005-07 last period of revamps so far took place with Ascoli advancing back to Serie A and overall safety legislation in Italy changes. Turnstiles and repainting were done, but the structure hasn’t changed.
In 2015 the east stand proved too instable for further use and by October of that year it was razed to the ground, leaving a gaping hole in the stadium until 2017. That's when construction of a new west side began, financed entirely by Ascoli Calcio (€2.5 million) and finalised with opening in May of 2019.
In 2016 the west stand was modernised but then the entire city suffered from a strong earthquake (in fact, a series of three between August and October), forcing evaluation of the aged structure. The west stand had to receive a new roof, while the south curve was entirely closed off, threatening safety of spectators. In 2020 the curve was demolished.
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