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Official Review by Stefano Romagnoli, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
In 1926, Libero Liberati, world champion motorcyclist in 1957, was born in Terni, in Umbria. The stadium where the Ternana Football plays their home games was named for the city’s native son.
Designed by engineer Leopoldo Barruchello in 1961, Stadio Libero Liberati was inaugurated on August 24, 1969 with the friendly match between Ternana and Brazilian team Palmeiras.
Ternana Calcio has only briefly climbed as high as Serie A, so the facility has hosted the top tier of Italian football only in the seasons 1972/1973 and 1974/1975.
In 1974 the venue was expanded with the construction of the Curva San Martino, the section that today is reserved for supporters of the opposing team. The stadium currently has a capacity of just over 20,000 seats, all strictly to sit.
The fans most fondly remember the following the coaches and players of Ternana who have made the history at the Stadio Libero Liberati: Edmondo Fabbri, Cesare Maldini, Corrado Viciani, and Franco Selvaggi (Selvaggi being a part of the Italian world championship team from 1982).
The Italian National Team has played two matches at the Stadio Libero Liberati over the years: Italy vs Belgium 0-0 on February 13, 1991 and Italy vs Wales 3-0 on January 24, 1996.
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Inside the ground, on the side of the Tribuna A, there is a bar and a hospitality area. In the bar you can buy coffee, tea, fruit juices, Coke, chips, popcorn (€ 2 each), sandwiches (€ 3), and other sweet and salted snacks.
The hospitality area is managed directly by Ternana Football. Around the stadium, in addition, there are peddlers of sandwiches.
The Stadio Libero Liberati looks like certain grounds of South America. The facility is formed by three rings placed one over the other, and it's entirely uncovered. Before the construction of the Curva San Martino, the steps were interrupted at the two curves.
The seats in each ring are painted with the colors of Ternana Football, red and green. On the outside walls there are some murals remembering the Chilean coup of 1973.
The stadium is located in the district of Dalmazia-San Martino, about 2 km from the center of Terni. The facility and pitch can be glimpsed through the trees that line the Viale dello Stadio. Not far from the stadium, there is a communal swimming pool. Located along Viale dello Stadio is also the Ternana Store, where you can buy official merchandise in red and green.
Long-time fans of Ternana Football still occupy Curva Est, however in the last several years, some fans have also moved to the Curva Nord.
Fans cheer on their team with the cry "Fere! Fere!" (meaning "beast"), holding banners and waving red and green flags.
The most heartfelt challenge is against Perugia, the defined derby of Umbria. There are also strong rivalries with Roma, Lazio, Napoli, Salerno, Fiorentina, Empoli, and Latina.
The Stadio Libero Liberati is about 2 km from the railway station.
By car, coming from the A1 motorway, take the exit Orte and then take the SS675 that connects Terni to Viterbo. Arriving near Terni, fans can just follow the signs "Stadio" or the signs depicting a soccer ball.
There is an ample availability of parking around the ground.
For the Serie B season 2013/2014 tickets range from a minimum €7 for the reduced ticket in Curva, to a maximum of €30 for seats in the Tribuna.
The Roman Amphitheatre, built in 32 A.D. and numerous buildings erected in the medieval times, still are present in the city and certainly are worth the time to visit if you are able.
The delicious local gastronomic products are worth an extra point as well. From bread of Terni (characterized by the absence of salt in the dough) to ciriole (handmade spaghetti) there is plenty to like to eat while in Terni.
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