Juventus Stadium

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Juventus Stadium
Juventus stadium 2011.jpg
Location Torino, Piedmont, Italy
Coordinates 45°6′34″N 7°38′28″E / 45.10944°N 7.64111°E / 45.10944; 7.64111Coordinates: 45°6′34″N 7°38′28″E / 45.10944°N 7.64111°E / 45.10944; 7.64111
Operator Juventus Football Club S.p.A.
Executive suites 84
Capacity 41,254 seated[1]
Record attendance 40,823 (Juventus vs Bayern Munich, 10 April 2013)
Field size 105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1 March 2009
Opened 8 September 2011
Construction cost €105 million[2]
Architect Hernando Suarez
Gino Zavanella
Giorgetto Giugiaro
Structural engineer Francesco Ossola
Massimo Majowiecki
Tenants
Juventus F.C. (2011–present)
The stadium during its last construction phase
A crowd of Juventus Ultras in Curva Scirea (South) celebrates the 2012–13 scudetto with a pitch invasion.
Juventus Ultras in Curva Scirea (South) during the 2012–13 scudetto celebrations.
East stand ahead the inaugural friendly match between Juventus F.C. and Notts County.
East stand ahead of the inaugural match against Notts County

Juventus Stadium is an all-seater football stadium in the Vallette borough of Turin, Italy, and the home of Serie A club Juventus Football Club. The stadium was built on the site of Juventus's and Torino's former home, the Stadio delle Alpi, and is one of only two club-owned football stadiums in Serie A, alongside Sassuolo's Mapei Stadium. It was opened at the start of the 2011–12 season and has a capacity of 41,000 spectators. The stands are just 7.5 m from the pitch, a major improvement from the Stadio Delle Alpi.[1] The distance between the last row of the grand stand and the pitch is 49 m.[1]

The first match played was a friendly against the world's oldest professional football club Notts County on 8 September 2011 where the match ended 1–1. Veteran striker Luca Toni found the net after Fabio Quagliarella failed to convert a penalty. The first official competitive match was JuventusParma which was played on 11 September 2011 where Stephan Lichtsteiner scored the first goal in the new stadium in the 17th minute.[3]

The stadium hosted the 2014 UEFA Europa League Final.[4]

Background[edit]

Juventus's previous permanent home ground, the Stadio delle Alpi, was completed in 1990 to host matches for the 1990 World Cup.[5] The club's move from their previous ancestral home, the Stadio Comunale, to the Stadio Delle Alpi was controversial.[5] The new stadium was built at a great expense, was relatively less accessible, and had poor sightlines due to the athletics track.[5] Despite Juventus being the best-supported team in Italy (with the highest television subscribers and away section attendances), attendance at the Stadio Delle Alpi was dismal.[5] Average attendance was only a third of the stadium's 67,000 capacity.[5] The club bought the stadium from the local council in 2003, a decision which was popular with fans.[6]

Juventus moved out of the unpopular stadium in 2006 and began plans to build a more intimate and atmospheric venue.[5][6] During that period, they played their matches at the newly renovated Stadio Olimpico, which was also unpopular due to its low capacity.[6] In November 2008, the club unveiled plans for a new 41,000-seater stadium on the site of the Stadio Delle Alpi.[6] The new stadium, built at a cost of €100 million (£90 million), features modern executive boxes, among other new developments.[6][7] The completion of Juventus Stadium made Juventus the only Serie A club to build and own their stadium at the time.[6] Then-club president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli described the stadium as "a source of great pride".[6]

Development[edit]

Environmental compatibility[edit]

The construction project aimed to ensure a low environmental impact of the work of the construction site via the use of advanced environmentally sustainable technologies.[8] This stadium is constructed to reduce energy consumption from non-renewable energy sources by reducing waste and optimising the resources available. The stadium can produce the electricity it needs using solar energy captured through photovoltaic panels; it produces warm water which heats rooms, changing rooms, kitchens and the football field through a network of district heating, heats hot water for the dressing rooms and kitchens of restaurants using solar thermal systems. These alternative energy sources are aimed at helping the stadium meet the criteria dictated by the Kyoto protocol by generating multiple results:[8]

All the concrete from the old Stadio Delle Alpi demolition have been separated and reused for the new building; other materials left have been divided into types, to be recycled, resold or reused throughout the new stadium's construction. The reinforced concrete used for the steps has been crushed down and reused as a supporting layer of the soil, with almost 40,000 m3 (52,000 cu yd) of concrete put towards the construction of the new stadium's foundations. Around 6,000 tons of steel, aluminium and copper were recovered, the re-use of which provided savings of more than one million Euros.[9] The implementation of this sustainable construction policy has ensured a global savings of approximately €2.3 million.[10]

Naming rights[edit]

Juventus signed an agreement with Sportfive Italia which gave the company "exclusive naming and partial promotional and sponsorship rights for the new stadium". In the agreement, Sportfive was given the rights to the name of the stadium and to market the sky boxes and VIP seats.[11]

Inauguration[edit]

The opening ceremony of the stadium was held on 8 September 2011,[12] with a historical exhibition match against Notts County. The choice of opposition is due to Juve's historical links with Notts County as their now-iconic black and white stripes were inspired by County's jersey colours. The game ended 1–1 with goals from Luca Toni and Lee Hughes coming in the second half.[13] In return, Notts County have extended an invitation to Juventus for a return match at Meadow Lane in 2012 to celebrate County's 150th anniversary.[14]

8 September 2011
22:00 UTC
Juventus 1–1 Notts County
Luca Toni Goal 54' Lee Hughes Goal 87'
Juventus Stadium, Turin
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Andrea De Marco
Juventus (4–2–4):
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon Substituted off 46'
RB 2 Marco Motta Substituted off 73'
CB 19 Leonardo Bonucci Substituted off 81'
CB 15 Andrea Barzagli Substituted off 60'
LB 11 Paolo De Ceglie Substituted off 46'
DM 5 Michele Pazienza Substituted off 73'
DM 22 Arturo Vidal Substituted off 46'
RW 7 Simone Pepe Substituted off 46'
CF 10 Alessandro Del Piero Substituted off 46'
CF 32 Alessandro Matri Substituted off 46'
LW 17 Eljero Elia Substituted off 62'
Substitutions:
GK 30 Marco Storari Substituted in 46'Substituted off 75'
GK 13 Alex Manninger Substituted in 75'
DF 3 Giorgio Chiellini Substituted in 73'
DF 26 Stephan Lichtsteiner Substituted in 81'
DF Matteo Liviero Substituted in 60'
FW 33 Frederik Sørensen Substituted in 46'
MF 21 Andrea Pirlo Substituted in 73'
FW 34 Luca Marrone Substituted in 46'
MF 28 Marcelo Estigarribia Substituted in 46'
FW 20 Luca Toni Substituted in 46'
FW 18 Fabio Quagliarella Substituted in 46'
MF Giuseppe Ruggiero Substituted in 62'
Manager:
Antonio Conte
Notts County (4–4–2):
GK 1 Rob Burch
RB 2 Julian Kelly
CB 3 Mike Edwards
CB 4 Krystian Pearce
LB 5 Ishmel Demontagnac
RM 6 Karl Hawley
CM 7 Neal Bishop
CM 8 Jude Stirling
LM 9 Ricky Ravenhill
CF 10 Charlie Allen
CF 11 Gavin Mahon
Manager:
Martin Allen

Services[edit]

Juventus Premium Club[edit]

The stadium includes 3,600 premium seats and 64 sky boxes. Services for the club include reserved entrance to the stadium, luxury armchairs with personal LCD televisions, exclusive restaurants, bars, lounges, finger food at half time and after the game, reserved parking, access to the museum (starting in 2012).

The Juventus Premium Club is the Juventus corporate hospitality project, aimed at to companies who wish to entertain their clients and partners to lunch or dinner at the Juventus stadium before the match.[7][15]

In addition, the stadium houses a 34,000-m2 shopping complex open every day and parking space for 4,000 vehicles.[1][7] The Juventus Museum is located nearby.[7]

Stadium tour[edit]

A 70-minute guided tour of the stadium is offered every day. Guests are taken around to see the dressing rooms, facilities, museum and the pitch.[16] The tours were initiated in November 2011 and the first tour was led former Juventus player and current board member Pavel Nedved. Audio guides are also available to foreign visitors in English, French, German and Spanish.[17]

Area12 Shopping Centre[edit]

On 27 October 2011, Area 12, a shopping centre adjacent to the stadium was opened. It has over 60 shops, 2 bars, 3 restaurants and the first E.Leclerc-Conad hypermarket to feature a drive-through service, allowing customers to do their shopping online and collect their pre-packed goods.[18] The new Juventus Store, at 550 square metres, is the biggest sports club shop in the country. It was designed by Giugiaro and architect Alberto Rolla.

The shopping centre has 2,000 parking spaces, of which 800 are covered, and was provided by San Sisto (sole owner), a company which sees the agreement between Nordiconad from Modena, the Northern Italy Cooperative of Gruppo Conad, Cmb from Carpi (MO) and Unieco from Reggio Emilia, two Italian companies in the field of shopping centre building.[19]

J-Museum[edit]

The Juventus Museum, called the 'J-Museum', was unveiled on 16 May 2012 by club president Andrea Agnelli and museum chairman Paolo Gamberti[20] and opened to the public the following day.[21] A noted feature is the extensive use of technology to provide a different approach to the traditional concept of a museum. The museum is chaired by noted Italian journalist Paolo Garimberti, who was previously a journalist and correspondent for La Stampa, La Repubblica and CNN Italia.

The museum has been a popular point of interest with visitors to the stadium. Just four months after opening to the public, it has recorded some 40,000 visitors.[22] In November 2012, the museum's management announced a partnership with two popular local attractions, the National Museum of Cinema and Reggia di Venaria, to offer a discounted ticket package for visitors.[23]

Events[edit]

Stadium Business Summit 2012[edit]

Juventus Stadium hosted the Stadium Business Awards held in May 2012.[24][25]

2014 UEFA Europa League Final[edit]

On 20 March 2012, UEFA announced that the Juventus Stadium would host the 2014 UEFA Europa League Final. This was the first time the city of Turin hosted a final of a UEFA club competition. The hosts ended up being eliminated in the semi-finals by Portuguese side Benfica 2–1.[4]

Future developments[edit]

Continassa Project[edit]

On 11 June 2010 Juventus acquired a 50-year leasehold on the 270,860 m² Continassa area from the Turin city council for €1 million with the aim to redevelop over ten years with a series of projects and an investment of at least €60 million.[26]

The project includes, among others, the construction of the future headquarters of the club – which will be built in the Continassa, the club has pledged to construct a Juventus Soccer School (the school football team Juventus) and will also build hotels.

Gallery[edit]

A panorama overview of the Juventus Stadium during its opening ceremony with a Italian banner choreography.
A panorama overview of the Juventus Stadium during its opening ceremony.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "I numeri" (in Italian). ilnuovostadiodellajuventus.com. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Secondo accordo con l'Istituto per Credito Sportivo per il finanziamento di ulteriori opere nell'ambito dell'area del nuovo stadio" (in Italian). Juventus.com. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "2nd match – Juventus – Parma". Juventus Football Club Official Website. Juventus F.C. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Turin to stage 2014 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA.com. 20 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Lawrence, Amy (19 March 2006). "Absent friends put Old Lady in a smaller home". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Juve set to make stadium history". BBC News. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Juventus Reveal New Stadium Plans". Goal.com. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Sustainability: A low-energy consumption stadium". Juventus F.C. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "An environmentally friendly stadium". Juventus F.C. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Juventus Stadium on its way to completion". MyStadium. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Juventus Football Club". Sportfive. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "New stadium, opening ceremony on 8th September". Juventus Football Club S.p.A. official website. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tie in Turin". Notts County F.C. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Juventus open doors to new home with Notts County as starstruck guests". The Guardian. 8 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "New Stadium". Juventus Football Club S.p.A. official website. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  16. ^ Stadium Tours
  17. ^ "Nedved leads first Juventus Stadium Tour". juventus.com. 2 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "Area12 – E.Leclerc-Conad" (in Italian). area12.to.it. 
  19. ^ Area12 website
  20. ^ "Agnelli and Garimberti open J-Museum". juventus.com. 16 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "Juventus Museum opens to the public". juventus.com. 17 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "Juventus Museum, bank holiday boom". juventus.com. 14 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "Sport, cinema and culture combine at Juventus Stadium". juventus.com. 13 November 2012. 
  24. ^ "The Stadium Business Summit returns to Turin, Italy for 2012". stadiumbusinesssummit.com. 1 July 2011. 
  25. ^ Stadium Business Summit 2012
  26. ^ "Continassa redevelopment plans confirmed". juventus.com. 3 October 2012. 

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