Stadio San Nicola

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Stadio San Nicola
Stadio San Nicola Bari 2009.jpg
LocationBari, Italy
OwnerMunicipality of Bari
Field size105 by 68 m (344 by 223 ft)
S.S.C. Bari (1990–present)
Italy national football team (selected matches)

The Stadio San Nicola (English: Saint Nicholas Stadium) is a multi-use all-seater stadium designed by Renzo Piano in Bari, Italy. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of S.S.C. Bari. The stadium's design resembles a flower. To create this particular design, the stadium consists of 26 'petals' and upper tiers of the higher ring separated by 8-metre empty spaces, sufficient to guarantee satisfactory security conditions.

Being the fourth largest football stadium in Italy after Milan's San Siro, Rome's Stadio Olimpico, and Naples's Stadio Diego Armando Maradona; as well as the second largest to be used by only one team, San Nicola holds 58,270 people,[1] and was filled to capacity for the first time during a 2013–2014 Serie B playoff match for A.S. Bari in June 2014. Before that, the stadium's largest attendance was 52,000 for an A.S. Bari Serie A match during the 2009–10 season.

The stadium was built in 1990 for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, during which it hosted five matches: Soviet Union vs. Romania, Cameroon vs. Romania, and Cameroon vs. Soviet Union in group B action; in the round of 16 matches, Czechoslovakia vs. Costa Rica; and the third place match between Italy and England.

It hosted the 1991 European Cup Final, won by Red Star Belgrade. It was also the venue for the 1997 Mediterranean Games.

The stadium hosted the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group B between Italy and Scotland in March 2007, which Italy won 2–0, and was also a deciding match for the Unofficial World Football Championships.

The Stadio San Nicola hosted Italy's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against the Republic of Ireland on 1 April 2009. Italy were booed off the field after Ireland shocked the nation by scoring in the 87th minute. The match ended in a 1–1 draw.[2]

The Stadio San Nicola before a match between SSC Bari and AZ Picerno in February 2020

The stadium was renovated in 2022.

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 No. 1 Res. Team No. 2 Round
9 June 1990  Soviet Union 0–2  Romania Group B
14 June 1990  Cameroon 2–1
18 June 1990 0–4  Soviet Union
23 June 1990  Czechoslovakia 4–1  Costa Rica Round of 16
7 July 1990  Italy 2–1  England Third place match


  1. ^ "Stadio San Nicola". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Italy 1–1 Republic of Ireland". BBC Sport. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2009.

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Coordinates: 41°5′5.05″N 16°50′24.26″E / 41.0847361°N 16.8400722°E / 41.0847361; 16.8400722