Stadio San Paolo
|330 (Pres seats)|
|Renovations||1979, 1989, 2010|
|Address||Pizzale Vincenzo Tecchio, 80125 Napoli|
Description: Stadio San Paolo
Initially called Stadio del Sole (Stadium of the Sun), the venue later adapted another name, celebrating Saint Paul. After incredible performances of Maradona in local side Napoli and during World Cup 1990 it was proposed to rename it to Stadio Diego Maradona, but law prohibited giving patronage to people unless they were… dead for a decade or more.
Back in the early years it was to be a single-tiered stadium, but architects changed their concept after negotiations, incorporating a smaller lower tier, below ground-level. Construction lasted a whole 11 years. Quite a lot, but then again, with capacity of nearly 90,000 (standing) it was among best stadiums in Italy for decades since opening in 1959.
Both its scale and importance of Naples made it one of Euro 1980 and 1990 World Cup venues, not counting numerous prestigious games by the national team and European fixtures of Napoli. Since 1970 it’s also being used as concert venue with the likes of U2 or Rolling Stones performing among a long list of domestic musicians.
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Mayor of Melito, just outside Naples proper, has offered two major plots of land to create an entire sports city. Meanwhile, renowned architect suggests the stadium could be ready in 3 years or even less.
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It's as tense as we normally see in the world of football. Napoli chairman bashed local authorities in Naples and announced he wants to build a small stadium for his club, leaving the city with burdensome Stadio San Paolo.
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€5 million will be spent on upgrades throughout Stadio San Paolo in upcoming months. That’s only 20% of all planned spending on the stadium before it hosts the 2019 Universiade.
Naples: Stadio San Paolo awaiting redevelopment
The city of Naples was granted preferential loan to redevelop Napoli’s home stadium. For the first time since 1990 Stadio San Paolo will be given a thorough revamp.
New designs: Various plans for Naples, what comes out?
Expand or downsize, save existing stands or demolish – these questions have been addressed in Naples. SSC Napoli just filed documents that hold all answers…
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Italy: Police allowed to use tasers inside stadiums
The controversial stun-gun accounted for hundreds of deaths will now be allowed for use against violent hooligans inside Italian stadiums. This is only one of many changes after the tragedy from May.
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Naples: Napoli to leave city limits?
After optimistic end of 2013, now atmosphere around the new stadium for SSC Napoli is very tense. Club chairman Aurelio de Laurentis fears leaving city limits may be the only way out.