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Stadio Olimpico

Stadio Olimpico in Rome
Stadio Olimpico
Broke ground1901
OwnerItalian National Olympic Committee
105 × 68 m
ArchitectAnnibale Vitellozzi[1]
Capacity70.634 [2]
A.S. Roma
Italian football team (selected matches)
Italian rugby team
1960 Summer Olympics
1975 Summer Universiade
1987 World Championships in Athletics
1990 FIFA World Cup

The Stadio Olimpico is the main and largest sports facility of Rome, Italy. It is located within the Foro Italico sports complex on the north of the city. An asset of the Italian National Olympic Committee, the structure is intended primarily for football. It is the home stadium of Serie A clubs Lazio and Roma, the venue of the Coppa Italia final, the home venue of the Italian national rugby union team and Italy’s national athletics stadium. It also occasionally hosts concerts and events of various kinds.


  • 1 History
    • 1.1 1937, the Stadio del Cipressi
    • 1.2 1953, the Stadio dei Centomila
    • 1.3 1960, the Stadio Olimpico
    • 1.4 1990 restructuring and coverage of the stadium
    • 1.5 2008 restyling of the stadium
  • 2 Areas and capacity
  • 3 Famous matches
  • 4 Average attendances
  • 5 Concerts
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Throughout its history, the Stadio Olimpico has undergone several substantial restructurings and a complete restyling:

1937, the Stadio del Cipressi

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, under the direction of Turinese engineer Angelo Frisa and architect Enrico Del Debbio, and was finished, after few variations, in 1932. The construction of masonry stands wasn’t foreseen, the original stands consisted of grassy terraces.

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

1953, the Stadio dei Centomila

On December 1950, the 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, they thought of a stadium with a more complex structure than that actually realised,[citation needed] but the scarcity of funds and the environmental characteristics of the area led to a less ambitious version. On the death of Roccatelli in 1951, the direction of the work was entrusted to architect Annibale Vitellozzi. It now reaches a capacity of about 100,000 people (hence the name of Stadio dei Centomila, which the stadium was called before 1960), and in view of the XVII Olympiad. The building was inaugurated on 17 May 1953 with a football game between Italy and Hungary.

1960, the Stadio Olimpico

During the 1960 Summer Olympics, the stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, and the athletics competitions. The posts were eliminated in the feet, with the result to actual capacity to 65,000 spectators.[3] Following hosted several editions of the Italian Championships in Athletics, the 1975 Summer Universiade (the stadium was the only venue in the Universiade), and the 1987 World Athletics Championships and still hosts the annual meeting of the Golden Gala.

1990 restructuring and coverage of the stadium

For the 1990 FIFA World Cup, in which it was the main Stadium, the facility was the subject of an extensive enhancement. Because of the work, in 1989 the Capitoline teams Lazio and Roma played their Serie A games at Stadio Flaminio. The work was entrusted to a team of designers, including the original designer Annibale Vitellozzi. From 1987 to 1990, the plan of action was amended several times, with a consequent rise in costs. Ultimately, Olimpico was entirely demolished and rebuilt in reinforced concrete, with the exception of the Tribuna Tevere expanded with the addition of further steps, the curves were closer to the field of nine metres. All sectors of the stadium were covered with full coverage in tensostructure white. Also installed were backless seats in blue plastic, and two giant screens built in 1987 for the World Athletics Championships were also mounted inside the curve. At the end of the new version of Olimpico had 82,911 seats, and so was the 14th stage in the world for number of seats in the stadiums used for football, the 29th among all the stages and the second in Italy, to just behind the San Siro Stadium of Milan. The restructuring works, with the result of an undoubtedly impressive and fascinating, not kept account of the surroundings. The rise of the stairs, as well as coveragestravolsero fully the principles on which the previous stage was designed and constructed.

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

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

2008 restyling of the stadium

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Interior of the stadium.

In 2007, it was engaged in a vast plan of restyling inside the stadium 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, having included the establishment of standard structures, with improvements in security, the adjustment of dressing rooms and press room, the complete replacement of the seats, installing high definition LED screens, the partial removal of plexiglas fences between spectators and the field, and a reduction of posts, until the current capacity of 73,261. In order to increase the comfort of the audience, a part of the modernisation of the stadium were the increase of the points of rest and adjustments to toilets. These actions have allowed the Stadio Olimpico to be classified as UEFA Elite stadium.

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Panorama of Stadio Olimpico during the 2011 Coppa Italia Final

Areas and capacity

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.

Famous matches

Average attendances

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

1963–6431,269 Coccarda italia.png24,979
1968–6946,323 Coccarda italia.png21,935*
1973–7447,59749,833 Scudetto.svg
1979–8044,589 Coccarda italia.png31,560
1980–8151,103 Coccarda italia.png24,148*
1982–8354,510 Scudetto.svg34,234*
1983–8452,793 Coccarda italia.png46,908
1985–8650,151 Coccarda italia.png25,872*
1989–90 #22,06720,022
1990–9143,570 Coccarda italia.png36,371
1997–9852,81346,058 Coccarda italia.png
1999–0058,91551,956 Scudetto.svg Coccarda italia.png
2000–0163,370 Scudetto.svg48,498
2003–0455,41349,341 Coccarda italia.png
2006–0738,689 Coccarda italia.png25,048
2007–0835,982 Coccarda italia.png21,607
2008–0939,39634,626 Coccarda italia.png
2012–1340,17931,992 Coccarda italia.png

# 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


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

American jazz artist Miles Davis performed at the stadium in 1991.

American soul artist Tina Turner performed at the stadium on 7 July 1996.

English rock artist David Bowie performed at the stadium on 9 July 1996.

American boyband Back Street Boys performed at the stadium on 29 June,1999 during Into the Millennium Tour.

English rock artist Sting performed at the stadium on 7 July 2001.

English rock band The Cure performed at the stadium on 23 July 2002.

American rock band R.E.M. performed at the stadium on 10 June 2005.

Irish rock band U2 performed at the stadium on 23 July 2005 during their Vertigo Tour in front of a sold out crowd of 67,002 people. They performed at the stadium for the second time on 8 October 2010 during the U2360° Tour, and performed in front of a sold out crowd of 75,847 people. The performance of Bad from the 2010 show was recorded for their live album U22.

English rock artist Roger Waters performed at the stadium on 16 June 2006 during his The Dark Side of the Moon Live. He will perform at the stadium for the second time on 28 July 2013 as part of his ongoing The Wall Live.

English electronic band Depeche Mode performed at the stadium on 17 July 2006 during their Touring the Angel in front of a crowd of around 40,000 people. They performed at the stadium for the second time on 16 June 2009 during their Tour of the Universe in front of a crowd of 44,070 people. The band also performed at the stadium for the third time on 20 July 2013 as part of The Delta Machine Tour. The 2006 and 2009 shows were recorded for the live albums projects Recording the Angel and Recording the Universe.

American pop artist Madonna performed at the stadium on 6 August 2006 during her Confessions Tour. She performed for the second time on 6 September 2008 during the Sticky & Sweet Tour and for the third time on 12 June 2012 during the MDNA Tour.

Metal bands and artist Iron MaidenMotorheadMachine HeadMastodon and Lauren Harris performed at the stadium on 20 June 2007.

American rock artist Bruce Springsteen performed at the stadium on 19 July 2009.

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

English rock band Muse performed at the stadium on 6 July 2013 as part of their ongoing The 2nd Law Tour in front of a crowd of more than 60,000 people. The show was also recorded for an official live release on DVD/Blu-ray.