Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore
|Location||P.le Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, 1 |
42122 Reggio Emilia (RE)
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|A.C. Reggiana 1919/Reggio Audace F.C. (1995–present)|
Italy national football team (select matches)
Atalanta B.C. (European competition matches)
The stadium holds 21,584 and was built in 1995, replacing the Stadio Mirabello. It was given the name Stadio Città del Tricolore on 11 March 2012, having previously been called the Stadio Giglio. On 8 July 2013, the stadium was given the current denomination for ownership reason (acquired by Mapei from the comune of Reggio Emilia).
The need for a new stadium in Reggio Emilia started when Reggiana gained promotion to Serie A in 1993: the club launched multi years season tickets in order to raise money to build a new stadium of its property. The stadium was opened in 1995 with a sold out match between Reggiana and Juventus. In the aftermath of Reggiana's dissolution and reconstitution in 2005, the club lost the property of the stadium, which was assigned to the Tribunal of Reggio Emilia.
The reconstituted Reggiana continued to play in the stadium and had its headquarters and its historical museum located in the Main Stand; in the same years the shopping mall "I Petali" was built behind the Away End and the East Stand, with a good range of shops, cinemas, gyms and restaurants. Stadio Giglio was renamed by the Municipality "Città del Tricolore", referring to the fact that the Italian Tricolour was created in Reggio Emilia in 1797.
The stadium is unique in which there is a water-filled moat built between the pitch and the stands to try and prevent pitch invasions. Because the water is supplied from a nearby river, there have even been cases in which bored fans have been seen successfully fishing in it.
In 2013, the Tribunal hosted a public auction for the property of the stadium, which was won by the ceramic industry MAPEI, owned by former Confindustria president Giorgio Squinzi, which also owned U.S. Sassuolo Calcio, promoted in Serie A at the end of the 2012-13 season. The stadium was then renamed "MAPEI Stadium" due to sponsorship reasons.
Sassuolo's move and MAPEI's acquisition and subsequent renaming of the stadium has caused much outrage from supporters of Reggiana. The protests included demonstrations at the 2015 TIM Trophy and during some Sassuolo's Serie A games and the formation of a group called "Via il Sassuolo da Reggio Emilia" (Sassuolo out of Reggio Emilia), but also marches through the city centre to raise the attention on the topic. In September 2016, Luca Vecchi, Mayor of Reggio Emilia, was heavily booed by the fans during the club's presentation due to the Municipality position on the dispute.
Football club Carpi used the ground for home matches during the 2011–12 season. In the 2013–14 season, the promoted Serie A side, Sassuolo, played at the ground. They signed a two-year rent deal with Reggiana, which manages the venue. The agreement struck with Reggiana also included infrastructural improvements, including new benches and locker rooms, along with the development of new marketing and trade policies, which aimed to take advantage of the business opportunities that come with the club's Serie A promotion. The stadium was consequently renamed Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore.
The stadium hosted the 2016 UEFA Women's Champions League Final.
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- http://www.sassuolocalcio.it/news_dett.php?id=857[permanent dead link]
- "Squinzi e il Sassuolo si prendono lo stadio Tricolore. Protestano i tifosi della Reggiana". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). 9 December 2013.
- "Presentazione Reggiana, fischi al sindaco Vecchi". Reggio Sera (in Italian). 25 August 2016.