Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (original)

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Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Location Viale Piacenza
43100 Parma, Italy
Coordinates 44°48′34″N 10°19′19″E / 44.80944°N 10.32194°E / 44.80944; 10.32194
Owner City of Parma
Capacity 3,600
Surface Grass
Demolished July 2008
Crociati Parma Rugby FC
Gran Parma Rugby
Parma Panthers

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (or Sergio Lanfranchi Stadium) was a sports stadium in the city of Parma in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.

The stadium was named after Sergio Lanfranchi (1925-2001), an international rugby union prop from Parma who played for Italy from 1949 to 1961 and spent most of his club career in France.[1]

It was a 3,600 seat arena which hosted Gran Parma Rugby[2] and Rugby Parma F.C. 1931[3] Rugby Union teams. It also hosted the Parma Panthers American Football team.[4] The stadium is described and referenced numerous times in the book Playing for Pizza by John Grisham.

The stadium was demolished in July 2008 because the area was chosen for the Headquarters building of the European Food Safety Authority. Since then, the teams play their home games at the Stadio XXV Aprile.

In January 2015, Stadio XXV Aprile was renamed as the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.[5]


  1. ^ Calandri, Massimo (22 November 2012). "Brutti, sporchi, cattivi e… amati da tutti. Da Fattori a Castrogiovanni, storie di piloni" [Ugly, Dirty, Bad but… Loved by Everyone : Stories of Props from Fattori to Castrogiovanni]. la Repubblica (in Italian). Rome. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Storia" (in Italian). Gran Parma Rugby. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Storia" (in Italian). Rugby Parma F.C. 1931. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Storia" (in Italian). Parma Panthers. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Lo stadio di Parma intitolato a Sergio Lanfranchi, leggenda del rugby Italiano". Zebre Rugby (in Italian). 28 January 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 

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