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Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi

Verona, Italy

Home of the AC Chievo Verona

3.4

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Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi (map it)
Piazzale Olimpia
Verona, Italy 37138
Italy


AC Chievo Verona website

Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi website

Year Opened: 1963

Capacity: 39,211

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Dignity in Fair Verona

Stadio Bentegodi is the main facility for football in the city of Verona. The structure hosts the home matches of AC Chievo Verona and Hellas Verona FC.

The facility is dedicated to Marcantonio Bentegodi, sports enthusiast and citizen benefactor who lived during the nineteenth century. The stadium was inaugurated on December 15, 1963 at the regional derby Hellas Verona-Venezia, played with 25,000 spectators (but the facility was designed to contain 40,000).

In the second half of the 1980s, like many other Italian sports facilities, it was renovated in preparation for the FIFA World Championships, during which it was the site of four matches: Belgium vs South Korea, Belgium vs Uruguay, Spain vs Belgium, and Yugoslavia vs Spain.

During its half century of life, Stadio Bentegodi has also hosted music concerts, the Italian national rugby team and, on April of 2014, a match of Virtus Verona Vecomp, the third football team in the city.

The AC Chievo Verona was founded in 1929 and wore blue and white color vests until the mid-fifties. They have played on the pitch of Bentegodi from their entry into the Italian professional leagues beginning in the 1986/87 season.

The ascent of this small neighborhood club (Chievo is a small fraction of Verona) has made headlines in Italy and abroad, talked about the "fable of football." In 2001/2002 the players of the yellow-blue reached the Serie A and ended the season with 54 points, behind only Juventus, Roma, Inter and Milan.

For six consecutive seasons AC Chievo Verona played in the highest Italian league participating in the UEFA Cup twice and once in the preliminary round of the Champions League. Then in 2006-2007 the demotion to Serie B occurred, but the team immediately rose back to the top division Serie A in the next year, where they still compete today.

3.4

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

As in many Italian stadiums within the Bentegodi, fans can buy hot and cold drinks served in paper cups if you decide to take them with you into the stands. Hot and cold sandwiches, and various salty and sweet snacks are also available. You'll probably want to eat before arriving at the stadium as there is nothing substantial to eat inside.

Atmosphere    4

The stadium is elliptical and is structured on several levels. The first is located at the same height of the pitch, while the second consists of a few rows of chairs in green. The third and fourth levels are those that can accommodate the largest number of fans.

All around the field there is a tartan athletics track that was replaced in 2010 by a layer of blue asphalt with yellow lines that can be used for skating.

In Curva Nord there is a giant screen in color that, during the match, informs viewers about score and minutes of play.

Four towers and lighthouses on the roof of the stadium provide excellent lighting even during the night events.

A special feature that characterizes the Bentegodi stadium from many other stadiums in Italy is the Curva Sud. It is the curve of both sets of fans in the city, those of AC Chievo Verona and those of Hellas Verona FC.

The facility is fully covered.

Neighborhood    4

Stadio Bentegodi is located in the Borgo Milano area in the southwest of Verona. All around the facility there are buildings of four or five floors. There are plenty shops in the immediate vicinity.

Pizza Lab is a convenient stop where you can spend just 8.50 Euros to have a quick dinner with pizza and Coke. For those who want to eat something on a sweet note, try Pasticceria al Teatro or the Gelateria Mozart.

Around the stadium there are street stalls where you can buy hot and cold sandwiches, in addition to yellow and blue gadgets and merchandise.

Fans    3

Verona is the fifth city of Italy to host a derby in Serie A, after Genoa (Genoa and Sampdoria), Milan (Inter and Milan), Rome (Lazio and Roma) and Turin (Juventus and Torino).

The most loyal fans follow the games of AC Chievo Verona from Curva Sud, even though for years they have asked to move into Curva Nord (now the area of the stadium reserved for visiting supporters).

Sassuolo, Albinoleffe and Monza are now considered friends. The biggest rivalry is with the Hellas Verona FC supporter.

Access    4

Reaching Stadio Bentegodi is really simple. By train simply stop at Verona Porta Nuova and walk for about 20 minutes.

Some public transport buses connect the facility to the Verona Porta Nuova railway or to the historic center of the city.

Finally, if you choose to arrive with your own car, you can reach Verona along the A4 or A22. From A4 exit at Verona Sud, while from the A22 exit at Verona Nord. In both cases, once you leave the highway, just follow the signs to the stadium. Numerous parking spots are available.

Return on Investment    4

The facility is divided into parterres, sector stalls, numbered seats, and the upper grandstand. Prices vary depending on the area chosen to watch the match. However, I would suggest that you check the website of AC Chievo Verona to see if they have any deals or promotions for the match you're considering.

Extras    2

The Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheater built in the 1st century AD, hosts numerous society events during the summer months.

"There is no world without Verona walls," wrote William Shakespeare in "The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet." So if you are in Verona you have to see Juliet's house, a medieval building identified as the home of the protagonist of one of the most famous tragedies of literature.

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