The Stadio Olimpico
is the main and largest sports facility of Rome
. 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
and is the venue of the final Coppa Italia
, and all athletics, but occasionally hosts concerts of pop music
and events of various kinds. Throughout its history, it has undergone three substantial restructurings and a complete restyling.
1930, 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 1901, under the direction of Turinese engineer Angelo Frisa and architect Enrico Del Debbio, and was finished, after few variations, in 1910. The construction of masonry stands wasn't foreseen, the original stands consisted of grassy terraces.
In 1920, it was decided to extend the stadium stairs and masonry above ground, in order to increase the capacity (35,000 spectators seated, 55,000 spectators standing, and 65,000 in the case of super-capacity). The project was entrusted to the same Frisa, with architect Luigi Moretti
Walter and also engineer Achille Pinotello, and ended in 1928.
The facility housed gymnastic and sporting events, as well as... Read More