Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

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Gewiss Stadium
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia
Bergamo stadio dalla Rocca.JPG
Former namesStadio Mario Brumana (1928–1945)
LocationBergamo, Italy
Coordinates45°42′32″N 9°40′51″E / 45.70889°N 9.68083°E / 45.70889; 9.68083Coordinates: 45°42′32″N 9°40′51″E / 45.70889°N 9.68083°E / 45.70889; 9.68083
OwnerStadio Atalanta S.r.l.
Capacity21,300[1]
SurfaceGrass
105x68m
Construction
Broke ground1927
Opened23 December 1928
Renovated1949, 1984, 2015, 2019–2021
Tenants
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio (1928–present)
U.C. AlbinoLeffe (2003–2019)
Italy national football team (selected matches)

The Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, known for sponsorship reasons as the Gewiss Stadium since July 2019,[2] is a stadium in Bergamo, Italy. It is the home of Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio and has a capacity of 21,300 seats. The field is 120 m (130 yd) long, and 70 m (77 yd) wide.

The stadium has undergone a series of renovations since 2010 due to its age and features that were seen to be outdated compared to other Serie A facilities. Most of the seats in the stadium lack weather protection.

Projects for a new stadium have been put forward, though issues with funding and location have stifled these plans. As a result, the stadium will be gradually redeveloped, with the first phase of improvements completed prior to the 2015–16 season, with future work to be carried out if a 99-year lease can be agreed with the city council.

The first stage improvements included the removal of the pitch side barrier, one of the first Serie A clubs to make this change, along with improved bench facilities for players and the introduction of luxury boxes atop the grandstand.[3] New seating areas for disabled spectators were also added. At the same time, the press box has been lowered and moved towards the pitch. These improvements came with a reduction in overall capacity by around 3,000 seats.

Atalanta officially acquired the stadium on 8 August 2017, completing an €8.6 million transaction with the city government. The club also paid €2.6 million for the first phase of redevelopment.[4]

On 30 April 2019, a new phase of renovations began with the demolition of the Curva Nord "Federico Pisani" (North Stand). The planned renovation is expected to be completed by 2021, costing around €40 million in total.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "COMPLETATI I LAVORI ALLO STADIO DELL'ATALANTA, IMPIANTO SENZA BARRIERE GIOIELLO ARCHITETTONICO" (in Italian). 31 August 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  2. ^ "GEWISS STADIUM, LA NUOVA CASA DELL'ATALANTA" (in Italian). atalanta.it. 30 April 2019.
  3. ^ "L'Atalanta all'esordio nel "nuovo" stadio C'è chi potrà bisbigliare consigli a Reja" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Official: Atalanta buy stadium". football-italia.net. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Atalanta, il nuovo stadio nel 2021: al via la demolizione della Nord" (in Italian). Fox Sports. 28 April 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.