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The Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi is a stadium in Verona, Italy. It is the home of Hellas Verona and ChievoVerona of Serie A and Serie B, respectively. It also hosts the Women's Champions League matches of Bardolino Verona, some youth team matches, rugby matches,[2] athletics events and occasionally even musical concerts.[3] With 39,211 total seats,[4] of which only 31,045 are approved,[5] it is the eighth-largest stadium in Italy by capacity. The stadium is named after the historic benefactor of Veronese sport, Marcantonio Bentegodi [it].

Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi
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LocationVerona, Italy
OwnerMunicipality of Verona
Capacity39,211[1]
SurfaceGrass
105 x 67 m
ScoreboardMegavision
Construction
Opened15 December 1963
Renovated1989
Tenants
Hellas Verona
ChievoVerona
Italy national football team (selected matches)

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HistoryEdit

Inaugurated as a state-of-the-art facility and as one of Italy's finest venues in 1963, the stadium appeared excessive for a team (Hellas) that had spent the best part of the previous 35 years in Serie B. For the 1990 FIFA World Cup renovations included an extra tier and a roof to cover all sections, improved visibility, public transport connections, an urban motorway connecting the city centre with the stadium and the Verona Nord motorway exit and services.

A building-integrated PV system has been installed on the rooftop during a major renovation. The PV system has a rating of 999.5 kW. 13,321 "FS 275" thin-film cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar modules by First Solar Inc. have been mounted on the aluminum mounting system Riverclack by ISCOM SpA. The solar modules are connected to 141 Sunny Mini Central SMC 7000HV inverters by SMA Solar Technology AG. The system was commissioned at the end of November 2009.[6]

 
The stadium's Curva Nord in 2019, usually reserved for Chievo's fanbase.

The emergence of Chievo on the Serie A stage in recent years has split the city into two groups of archrival fans, both very loyal to their respective cause, these days with Chievo constantly battling to survive relegation in Serie A, and Hellas Verona just returning in the top tier after a four-year spell in the third division, after having won a scudetto in 1985.

Despite playing two divisions lower than Chievo and missing out on travelling supporters from the large Serie A teams, Hellas Verona the city's traditionally bigger team still managed to maintain higher average attendances than their rival during the 2009–10 season. In the 2013–14 season, Virtus Verona also played at the Bentegodi.

Renovation projectsEdit

 
Outside view of the stadium in 2019.

The stadium was vying to participate in the Italian candidature for the 2016 European Championship, then awarded to France. On 2 December 2009, the municipal administration approved the restructuring plan, for a total amount of 40 million euros, with the aim of adapting the plant to the UEFA rules. The preliminary project includes the renovation of changing rooms and entrance tunnels, the expansion of the roof, the elimination of the athletics track, the modification of the external appearance of the structure (glass architecture) and the development of public services such as bars, stores and restaurants. As of now, the project has been shelved.

Average attendancesEdit

Season Hellas Verona Tier Chievo Verona Tier
1994–95 10,015 B 4,335 B
1995–96 13,371 B 5,120 B
1996–97 20,456 A 5,156 B
1997–98 9,846 B 4,135 B
1998–99 11,376 B 3,264 B
1999–2000 18,141 A 2,680 B
2000–01 17,777 A 5,139 B
2001–02 18,381 A 16,061 A
2002–03 11,163 B 16,902 A
2003–04 10,667 B 14,868 A
2004–05 11,495 B 12,103 A
2005–06 9,037 B 8,589 A
2006–07 8,589 B 6,719 A
2007–08 11,543 C1 7,276 B
2008–09 10,932 C1 13,352 A
2009–10 14,331 C1 11,992 A
2010–11 10,553 C1 12,676 A
2011–12 14,084 B 9,649 A
2012–13 15,402 B 10,579 A
2013–14 21,172 A 9,149 A
2014–15 19,299 A 10,652 A
2015–16 18,194 A 11,247 A
2016–17 14,774 B 11,632 A
2017–18 17,333 A 12,540 A

Attendance figures taken from http://www.stadiapostcards.com/

1990 FIFA World CupEdit

The stadium was one of the venues of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
1990-06-12   Belgium 2–0   South Korea Group E
1990-06-17   Belgium 3–1   Uruguay Group E
1990-06-21   Belgium 1–2   Spain Group E
1990-06-26   Spain 1–2 (a.e.t.)   Yugoslavia Round of 16

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ www.hellasverona.it
  2. ^ "VERONA, L'ITALRUGBY AL BENTEGODI IL 13 NOVEMBRE CONTRO L'ARGENTINA". www.federugby.it. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Concerto di Vasco Rossi a Verona - Eventi a Verona". Città di Verona (in Italian). Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  4. ^ Ufficiale, App. "Hellas Verona Official Website". www.hellasverona.it (in Italian). Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Stadi di calcio: Elenco degli impianti di calcio delle serie professionistiche italiane" (PDF). web.archive.org. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  6. ^ Eleuteri, Stefano. "Arena fotovoltaico". PHOTON – Il Mensile del Fotovoltaico. 2009 (October): 152–156. Retrieved 15 March 2012.

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