Stadio Comunale Pierluigi Penzo
|Renovations||1939, 1971, 1991, 2007, 2015, 2017|
|Record attendance||26,000 (Unione Venezia - AC Milan, 1966)|
Description: Stadio Pierluigi Penzo
It may not be among Italy’s major stadia any more, but it’s currently the second oldest stadium still in use, dating back to 1913. Of course when opened it had only one wooden grandstand (west side) and was the only stadium in historical island part of Venice.
In 1920s the existing main grandstand replaced previous structures and began gradually expanding towards the curves (there was a running track in place). The layout changed drastically after tornado of 1971, which left the stadium heavily damaged. Much of it was never properly rebuilt, especially that discussions about building a new stadium on dry land began as far back as 1960s, still without any outcome.
Today the stadium has only one permanent grandstand, while three others are temporary tubular structures standing where the running track used to be. They gave Unione Venezia some 10,000 capacity, but were reduced following regulation changes. In 2015-2017 further upgrades saw capacity drop even below 7,400.
New design: Next gem of Venice?
Designed to be a sports landmark, the stadium will be located far from the congested old town. If built, it should enable Venezia FC to reach its ambition of fighting in Europe.
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From the historical centre they have to move towards dry land. Venezia FC aim for a new 25,000-seat stadium in the Tessera area. And may have seen a leak of renderings...