Stadio Olimpico

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For the stadium in Turin, see Stadio Olimpico di Torino. For the San Marino national stadium, see Stadio Olimpico (San Marino). For the stadium in Porto Alegre, see Estádio Olímpico Monumental.
Stadio Olimpico
Stadio Olimpico 2008.JPG
Location Rome, Italy 
Coordinates 41°56′1.99″N 12°27′17.23″E / 41.9338861°N 12.4547861°E / 41.9338861; 12.4547861
Owner Italian National Olympic Committee
Capacity 73,000[1]
Surface Grass
105 × 68 m
Broke ground 1901
Built 1928
Opened 1937
Renovated 1953
Expanded 1990
Architect Annibale Vitellozzi[2]
Lazio (1953–present)
A.S. Roma (1953–present)
Italian football team (1953–present) (selected matches)
Italian rugby team (2012–present)

The Stadio Olimpico is the main and largest sports facility of Rome, Italy. It is located within the Foro Italico sports complex, north of the city. The structure is an asset of the Italian National Olympic Committee and it is intended primarily for football. The Stadio Olimpico is the home stadium of Serie A clubs Lazio and Roma and it is also the venue hosting the Coppa Italia final. It was rebuilt for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and it hosted the final.

Rated an UEFA category four stadium, it has also hosted four European Cup finals, the most recent being the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final. Outside football, the stadium is used by the Italian national rugby union team and it is Italy's national athletics stadium. Occasionally, it also hosts concerts and events of various kinds.


Throughout its history, the Stadio Olimpico underwent several reconstructions.

1937, the Stadio dei Cipressi[edit]

In its first stages, the Stadio Olimpico was called the Stadio dei Cipressi. It was designed and constructed within the larger project of the Foro Mussolini (Mussolini Forum) which was renamed Foro Italico after the war.

Construction work began in 1927 directed by the Turinese engineer Angelo Frisa and architect Enrico Del Debbio. The construction was completed in 1932, after a few variations to the original plan. For instance, the construction of masonry stands was not part of the initial plan as, originally, stands consisted of grassy terraces.

In 1937, the construction of a second tier of stairs was started but was interrupted in 1940 due to the outbreak of World War II.

1953, the Stadio dei Centomila[edit]

In December 1950, the working site was reopened for the completion of the stadium. The project was entrusted to the engineer Carlo Roccatelli, a member of the Superior Council of Public Works. At first, the plan was for a stadium with a more complex structure than that actually realised.[citation needed] However, the scarcity of funds and the environmental characteristics of the area led to a less ambitious building. On the death of Roccatelli in 1951, the direction of the work was entrusted to architect Annibale Vitellozzi. The stadium now reached a capacity of about 100,000 people, hence the name Stadio dei Centomila, the way the building was called before 1960. In view of the upcoming XVII Olympiad, the building was inaugurated on 17 May 1953 with a football game between Italy and Hungary.

1960, the Stadio Olimpico[edit]

During the 1960 Summer Olympics, the stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics competitions. Seating at ground level was eliminated with the result of an actual capacity of 65,000 spectators.[3] Subsequently the stadium hosted several editions of the Italian Championships of Athletics, the 1975 Summer Universiade (the stadium was the only venue for the Universiade) and the 1987 World Athletics Championships. It still hosts the annual meeting of the Golden Gala.

1990 restructuring and roofing of the stadium[edit]

For the 1990 FIFA World Cup, for which it was the main stadium, the facility underwent an extensive enhancement. For this reason, in 1989 the Capitoline teams Lazio and Roma had to play their Serie A games at Stadio Flaminio. The work was entrusted to a team of designers including the original architect Annibale Vitellozzi. From 1987 to 1990, the construction plan was amended several times, with a consequent rise in costs. Ultimately, the Olimpico was entirely demolished and rebuilt in reinforced concrete, with the exception of the Tribuna Tevere which was expanded with the addition of further steps and of the curves which were closer to the field by nine metres. All sectors of the stadium were provided with full coverage in tensostructure white. Backless seats in blue plastic were installed and two giant screens built in 1987 for the World Athletics Championships were also mounted inside the curve. In the end the new version of the Olimpico had 82,911 seats. It was the 14th stadium in the world for number of seats among the football stadiums, the 29th among all stadiums and the second in Italy, just behind the San Siro Stadium of Milan.

The Stadio Olimpico was host to five matches in which the Italian National Team took part and the final between West Germany and Argentina. West Germany won the final match 1–0.

With the same conformation of 1990, the Stadio Olimpico hosted on 22 May 1996 the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Ajax which saw the Bianconeri prevail in a penalty shoot-out.

2008 restyling of the stadium[edit]

Interior of the stadium.

In 2007, a vast plan of restyling the internal of the stadium was laid out to conform to UEFA standards for the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final which was held in Rome. The work was performed and completed in 2008. It included the establishment of standard structures with improvements in security, the fixing of dressing rooms and of the press room. It also included the replacement of all seats, the installation of high definition LED screens, the partial removal of plexiglas fences between spectators and the field and a reduction of seating to the current capacity of 73,261. In order to enhance the comfort of the audience, part of the modernisation of the stadium involved increasing the number of restrooms and fixing the toilets. As a result of these improvements, the Stadio Olimpico was classified a UEFA Elite stadium.

Areas and capacity[edit]

The stadium has a current capacity of 72,698, distributed as follows:[4]

  • Tribuna Monte Mario – 16,555
  • Tribuna Tevere – 16,397
  • Distinto Sud Ovest – 5,747
  • Distinto Sud Est – 5,637
  • Distinto Nord Ovest – 5,769
  • Distinto Nord Est – 5,597
  • Curva Sud – 8,486
  • Curva Nord – 8,520
  • For end stage concerts/shows it can hold up to 75,000.
  • For center stage concerts/shows it can hold up to 78,000.

Competitions hosted[edit]

Famous matches[edit]

Average attendances[edit]

The average season attendance at league matches held at the Stadio Olimpico for Lazio and Roma. [5]

# In 1989–90 season both teams played at Stadio Flaminio during the renovations of Stadio Olimpico.
* Club was in Serie B
Scudetto.svg = Serie A winners
Coccarda italia.png = Coppa Italia winners

1990 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium was one of the venues of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
1990-06-09  Italy 1–0  Austria Group A
1990-06-14  Italy 1–0  United States Group A
1990-06-19  Italy 2–0  Czechoslovakia Group A
1990-06-25  Italy 2–0  Uruguay Round of 16
1990-06-30  Republic of Ireland 0–1  Italy Quarter-finals
1990-07-08  Argentina 0–1  West Germany Final


The Stadio Olimpico hosts concerts of some international artists and bands.

Eros Ramazzotti performed at the stadium on July 7, 2004, to a sold out crowd as part of his 9 (nove) World Tour. The concert was made into a DVD, Eros Roma Live 2004. Ramazzotti also performed at the stadium again on June 21, 2013, as part of his Noi World Tour.

Miles Davis performed at the stadium on July 23, 1991. It was his last concert in Rome before he died on September 28, 1991.

Pat Metheny performed at the stadium on July 23, 1991.

Tina Turner performed at the stadium on July 7, 1996.

David Bowie performed at the stadium on July 9, 1996.

Backstreet Boys performed at the stadium on June 29, 1999, during their Into the Millennium Tour.

Sting performed at the stadium on July 7, 2001.

The Cure performed at the stadium on July 23, 2002.

R.E.M. performed at the stadium on June 10, 2005.

U2 performed at the stadium two times: the first one was on July 23, 2005 during their Vertigo Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 67,002 people. The second one was on October 8, 2010 during their U2 360° Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 75,847 people. The performance of Bad from the 2010 show was recorded for the group's live album U22.

Roger Waters performed at the stadium two times: the first one was on June 16, 2006 during his The Dark Side of the Moon Live. The second one was on July 28, 2013 during his The Wall Live, in front of a crowd of 50,848 people.

Depeche Mode performed at the stadium three times: the first one was on July 17, 2006 during their Touring the Angel, in front of a crowd of 40,000 people. The second one was on June 16, 2009 during their Tour of the Universe, in front of a crowd of 44,070 people. The third one was on July 20, 2013 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 56,007 people. The 2006 and 2009 shows were recorded for the group's live album projects Recording the Angel and Recording the Universe, respectively.

Madonna performed at the stadium three times. The first was on August 6, 2006, during her Confessions Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 63,054 people. The second was on September 6, 2008, during her Sticky & Sweet Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 57,690 people. The third was on June 12, 2012, during her The MDNA Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 36,658 people.

Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Machine Head, Mastodon and Lauren Harris performed at the stadium on June 20, 2007.

Bruce Springsteen performed at the stadium on July 19, 2009, during his Working on a Dream Tour, in front of a crowd of 37,834 people.

Psy performed at the stadium on May 26, 2013, before the kick-off of the 2013 Coppa Italia final.

Muse performed at the stadium on July 6, 2013, as part of their ongoing The 2nd Law Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 60,963 people. The show was also recorded for their official live release on DVD/Blu-ray: Live at Rome Olympic Stadium.


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