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 owned by the Italian National Olympic Committee and it is used primarily for association football. The Stadio Olimpico is the home stadium of Lazio and Roma and also hosts the Coppa Italia final. It was rebuilt for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and it hosted the tournament 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 hosts concerts and events.
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The Olimpico is one continuous ring but could be divided into the following four sections: Curva Nord, Tribuna Tevere, Curva Sud and Tribuna Ovest.
Away fans are generally housed in one of the the distinti sections (The corner) opposite the home curva although they can inhabit more of the stand depending on levels of demand for tickets. For example, when Roma play their fans occupy the Curva Sud therefore the away fans will be housed in the corner between the Curva Nord and either of the grandstands. For Lazio the opposite is true.
When it comes to hosting the annual Coppa Italia final the stadium is usually split 50:50 with both finalists receiving a goal-end, similar to how the English FA divides Wembley for domestic matches.
For an out of town stadium the number of car parking spaces appears to be pretty inadequate with both clubs neglecting to mention what the deal is regarding on-site parking and whether or not there is indeed an official car park.
TRAIN: The two main stations in Rome are Roma Termini which is the largest in the city, and Roma Tiburtina which has emerged in recent years as a hub for high-speed rail services across Italy.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: From the city centre you want to take Metro Linea A (Orange) northwards to Flaminio station, and then hop on the tram service which will take you to Piazza Mancini.
Upon exited the tram make your way to towards the River Tiber and make your way across Ponte Duca D’Aosta which will take you to the stadium.
There are few options to eat or drink at the Foro Italico complex itself, but the area on the other side of the river is a typical Italian urban neighbourhood, which means that it will not be hard to find an espresso, gelato, or pizza. Although there’s a congregation of pubs and restaurants located across Ponte Milvio which is the next bridge along after the one which takes you to the ground, you’re probably much better off drinking in the city centre whether you are an away fan or simply a football tripper.
Like most Italian stadiums the ground doesn’t offer much in the way of catering beyond a token offering of fries and a few other matchday staples. The city centre has an abundance of fast-food franchises such as McDonalds if you want something quick otherwise explore the city and choose a restaurant.
It’s really hard to go wrong when it comes to the cuisine in Rome, and one of the great things about the city is that a lot of them are open later after the match. This is obviously great for your tactical debriefs and player ratings!
I have been to Stadio Olimpico once. Unfortunately it was only to walk around as there were no games at the time, nor any stadium tours
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