Stadio Paolo Mazza

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Stadio Paolo Mazza
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Former namesStadio Comunale
LocationFerrara, Italy
OwnerMunicipality of Ferrara
OperatorSPAL
Capacity16,134[1]
Record attendance25,420
SurfaceGrass
105x68m
Construction
Broke ground1927
Opened1928
Renovated1951, 1966, 1979, 1988, 2016-2018
ArchitectCarlo Savonuzzi
Tenants
SPAL (1928-present)

Stadio Paolo Mazza (formerly Stadio Comunale) is a multi-use stadium in Ferrara, Italy. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of SPAL.

Located in the Rione Giardino, west of Ferrara within the city walls, it was built in the immediate vicinity of the area where the former playground of SPAL, Campo di Piazza d'Armi, stood since 1919. The municipal stadium of Ferrara is the fifth oldest Italian ground still in operation.

It was opened in September 1928 as Stadio Comunale, initially it had a capacity of 4,000. It assumed the current denomination in February 1982, in honour of the former president of the club Paolo Mazza, who died two months earlier.[2]

In concomitance with the access of SPAL to Serie A, in 1951 it was subjected to a heavy restructuring that brought capacity to 25,000. Between 1960s and 1980s it was renovated again, stabilizing the number of possible spectators to 22,000 until mid-2000s.

From 2005 to 2016 the capacity was limited to 7,500 due to safety reasons and cost containment. In 2016–17, in conjunction with the club's promotion to Serie B and then to Serie A, the stadium was restructured again to match the modern needs of comfort and safety. In the summer of 2018 a further remodeling took place, in order to bring the stadium capacity from 13,135 seats to 16,134.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SPAL receives boost to further expand stadium". TheStadiumBusiness. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Stadio Paolo Mazza". Serie A fanplace. Retrieved 21 September 2018.

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Coordinates: 44°50′23″N 11°36′27″E / 44.83972°N 11.60750°E / 44.83972; 11.60750