The stadium was built in 1931 and holds 47,290. The architect is Pier Luigi Nervi (known for the Nervi Hall in the Vatican) and it is one of the most relevant examples of 20th-century architecture in the city.
The stadium is built entirely of reinforced concrete with a 70 meter (230 ft) tower that bears the stadium's flagstaff. The tower is called the "Tower of Marathon". Around the base of the tower, spiral ramps lead from the ground floor to the upper edge of the grandstand.
Bruce Springsteen performed on June 8, 2003 at the stadium during his The Rising Tour and he returned on June 10, 2012 for the "Wrecking Ball Tour". It rained for the entire duration of the 2012 concert.
On Sunday June 23, 2013, the stadium hosted a Jovanotti concert. Jovanotti is from Cortona, a city relatively close to Florence, and many members of his family were in the audience including his wife, child and parents.
The Italian National Football team rarely plays at the stadium. On December 4, 1982 they tied Romania, 0-0, in a qualifying match for Euro 1984. The national team played only one game there between 1982 and 2006; they won a friendly against Mexico, 2-0, on January 20, 1993. On March 1, 2006, they played a friendly against Germany and won 4-1. In May 2008 they played a friendly against Belgium and won 3-1. On September 7, 2010, they defeated the Faroe Islands 5-0 in a Euro 2012 qualifying match, where Fabio Quagliarella was booed when he scored because Quagliarella plays for Juventus, the rival of Fiorentina.