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Official Review by Gary Foxall, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
The Stadio Olimpico is a multi- purpose venue and is home to both the San Marino National Team and San Marino Calcio who play professional football in the third tier of the Italian League. The stadium has an all-seated capacity of 6,664 and is a two sided venue with the areas behind each goal nothing more than open grass banking. Located in Serravalle, the San Marino capital, the stadium has hosted World Cup and European Championship qualifying games against England and Holland although occasional in the past games have been switched to nearby Bologna when larger crowds have been expected. In its history, the San Marino National Football team has won only one match, against Liechtenstein in 2004.
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There is little in the way of catering facilities on offer. Hot drinks, rolls and sweets are all that are on sale in the club bar at the back of the main stand. More is available for international games than for Italian League games.
Two sided venues are always poor for generating an atmosphere, and with small attendances there is virtually no atmosphere at San Marino Calcio games. Games involving the National team will generate more atmosphere although the away team's supporters will outnumber the home team.
The Republic of San Marino is a microstate surrounded by Italy and is located not far from the city of Bologna and the sea side resort of Rimini. With a population of less than 30,000 the country is only 61km square. There are two shopping centres offering tax free goods with the Three Towers and Cathedral being the other most popular tourist destinations. San Marino can be recommended for a day trip if staying in either of the nearby big cities. There are plenty of hotels in the resort of Rimini but on this occasion we traveled from Florence where we stayed in the fabulous Mulino Di Firenze hotel which is highly recommended.
San Marino's National team will only average crowds of around 1,000 unless playing some of the bigger nations when the away support by far outnumbers the home fans. For San Marino Calcio crowds are even smaller. For the game that I attended there fewer than 300 people in the stadium and half of these were following the away team Albinoleffe. However San Marino is a bit of a footballing odyssey and even at this level what support the club do have is vocal at times.
The stadium is located in the Capital Serravalle which is easily reached of the A14 and SS72 from Rimini. Car parking is available at the ground. Buses also travel to San Marino from Rimini with the nearest airport being Bologna Forli in the city of Forli which is less than thirty minutes from Rimini and San Marino.
Ticket prices range between 10 and 25 Euro for the Italian third tier games, higher for National games. The best seats are the dearest but this includes a free programme on your seat. Please ensure that you have your passport available as details are recorded due to recent hooliganism issues that have affected the Italian game. If you can combine a day trip with a game, then a day in San Marino is worth the expense, however the football alone will be a disappointment.
The only extra unfortunately is the chance to see the small yet beautiful nation of San Marino. The Stadio Olimpico is as plain as it gets with no real unique perks.
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