Stadio San Nicola
|Owner||Municipality of Bari|
|Field size||105 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 which are separated by 8-metre empty spaces, sufficient to guarantee satisfactory security conditions.
Being the third largest football stadium in Italy after Milan's San Siro and Rome's Stadio Olimpico, San Nicola holds 58,248 people, and was filled to capacity for the first time during a 2013–2014 Serie B playoff match for A.S. Bari in June, 2014. Prior to that, the largest attendance at the stadium 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.
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.
1990 FIFA World Cup
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||Romania||Group B|
|18 June 1990||Cameroon||0–4||Soviet Union||Group B|
|23 June 1990||Czechoslovakia||4–1||Costa Rica||Round of 16|
|7 July 1990||Italy||2–1||England||Third place match|
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