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Official Review by Stefano Romagnoli, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Frosinone is a town located in the southern part of Lazio, about 80 km from Rome. The town’s inhabited center develops on a hill overlooking the valley of the Sacco River. In the 2014-2015 season the club Frosinone Calcio faces its sixth tournament in Serie B. Home matches in the system are owned by the municipality and the stadium is located in the lower part of the city.
The facility is known to football fans by the nickname of Matusa. It is not the official name of the facility. The term was coined in the early 1970s by journalist Luciano Renna who wanted to indicate the seniority of the structure. The pitch was first used in 1932. At the end of the thirties an uncovered tribune was added. After the Second World War the grandstand was built and is still present along with the area steps. Finally, in the seventies two curves with metal frames were pulled out.
With the return of the team to Serie B, some home matches may begin to be played at the nearby facility on Casaleno Street (where players of Frosinone Calcio already train during the week). By the first months of 2015, the municipality of Frosinone should begin the renovation of the existing part and expansion with new stands. The new stadium project provides a capacity that varies from a minimum of 13,000 to a maximum of 16,000-18,000 places, with four sections separated from each other but connected through removable structures. Also, the new facility will be owned by the municipality that will give concessions to Frosinone Calcio.
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Around the stadium there are many cafes, a few restaurants and even a supermarket. In addition, shortly after the exit that leads to Frosinone, there is a cheese factory where you can buy one of the typical products of this area of Lazio, buffalo mozzarella (four small cost 6.50 Euros, depending on the amount purchased).
Entering the stadium by the turnstiles present in the grandstand and you can stop at the bar and buy a coffee, a half-liter bottle of water and a sweet snack for just 4.50 Euros.
The stadium is located in the lower part of the city, in the district of Fontanelle (also named district Stadio).
The stadium is made of concrete (for central grandstand) and metal (the two curves and distinct sector).
There are excellent views from all areas of the stadium, with the first blocks of the tribune and distinct just a few meters from the playing field.
These are the capacities of the individual sectors: Tribuna Centrale Coperta 480; Tribuna Laterale Nord 250; Tribuna Laterale Sud 250; Distinti 2,900; Curva Nord 2,800; Curva Sud (area reserved for the supporters guest) 3,000.
The dominant colors in the stadium are those of Frosinone Calcio: yellow and blue.
The stadium is located about four kilometers from the A1 highway leading to Frosinone. In the district there are numerous shops and tall buildings. There are some residents who watch the matches from the balcony of their home.
The most ardent fans of Frosinone Calcio follow the game from the Curva Nord. During the match they incite players with chants and waving scarves and flags of yellow and blue.
The rivalry is strongest with the team and the fans of Latina (derby Basso Lazio).
Unlike other stadiums in Italy, the area reserved for guests is larger, about 200 seats, than that granted to local fans.
The facility is situated about 4 km from the A1 highway. The city of Frosinone is located along the railway line Rome-Naples. The stadium is about 2 km from the railway station. There are car parks all around the stadium.
Prices for the 2014/2015 season are Curva Nord 10 Euros, reduced 5, 3 for children under 10 years of age; Distinti 15 Euros, reduced 10, 3 for children under 10 years of age; Tribuna Laterale Nord/Sud 20 Euros, reduced 15, 10 for children under 10 years of age; Tribuna Centrale 40 Euros, reduced 30, 20 for children under 10 years of age.
Frosinone is the capital city of Ciociaria, an area located in the southern part of Lazio to the southeast of Rome. There are many places that are worth visiting in this area of Lazio: from the Abbazia di Monte Cassino to the city of Agnani also known by the nickname cittŕ dei Papi.
Another extra point is given by the transfer of the team in the new facility in Casaleno Street. The new stadium will in fact be larger, closer to the highway, in an area of town with even more parking options with respect to the so-called Matusa and already characterized by the presence of other sports facilities (sports hall and swimming facility). The Frosinone Calcio should start to play in official matches with the start of the 2015/2016 season.
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