Stadio San Filippo
|Stadio Comunale San Filippo|
|Opened||August 17, 2004|
|Owner||Municipality of Messina|
The stadium was initially commissioned at the start of the 90s, but was not finished until 2004. It was officially opened on August 17, 2004 with Messina playing host to Juventus but losing (0-1, Emerson). The first official match was a week later, on August 22, Coppa Italia match Messina-Acireale (4-0). It has replaced the old 11,900 seat Stadio Comunale Giovanni Celeste which now houses the home games of the new town club of S.S.D. Città di Messina that plays in Eccellenza Sicily group B.
The total area is 114,640 sm, of which 44,300 sm reserved to car parking and 70,340 sm to a service building close to the stadium. There is no athletic track around the field, and the visibility is very good in each sector.
The only trouble is the total absence of a cover in all sectors, but an agreement between the team owners and the municipality will solve the problem in a few time.
The name take place from the south zone of Messina where it is built, but a couple of petitions aim to rename it after the former Messina manager Franco Scoglio or the Messina Saint Hannibal Mary Di Francia.