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Stadio del Tennis – Internazionali BNL d’Italia


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Stadio del Tennis Foro Italico 00194 Roma Italy


Year Opened: 2010

Capacity: 10,584

 

The Stadio del Tennis in Rome

The Stadio del Tennis in Rome was inaugurated on April 27, 2010 with the presence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, respectively number one and number two in the ATP rankings during that period. The 2010 opening occurred 80 years from the creation of the International of Italy and the 100th anniversary of the birth of the FIT, the Italian Tennis Federation, founded on May 18, 1910 in the building of the Tennis Club of Florence.

The facility is on the site of the old Campo Centrale, which was used from 1996 to 2007. The Stadio del Tennis construction took two years of work and is made of concrete, steel and glass. It can hold up to 10,584 spectators on three rings (for the musical events, the stage is positioned on one of the short sides and the capacity is reduced to 7,000 persons). Since 2011 the International of Italy holds the status of a “combined event,” meaning men and women play during the same period and on the same courts.

The roll of honor of the winners of the tournament since “Stadio del Tennis” was inaugurated is a “who’s who” of tennis greats: Rafael Nadal in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2018, Novak Djokovic in 2011, 2014 and 2015, Andy Murray in 2016 and Alexander Zverev in 2017 along with Maria Sharapova in 2011, 2012 and 2015, Serena Williams in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and Elena Svitolina in 2017 and 2018 in the women’s field.

The stadium was also used for beach volleyball, volleyball and boxing. In addition, each summer, it is home to the entertainment event “Il Centrale Live.” Stadio del Tennis is part of a large complex, the Foro Italico, which hosts many elite sporting events.

Food & Beverage 4

Italy is considered by many as the home of great food, and even in this area of Romethere are many restaurants. Among the first dishes to be tried are “bucatiniall’amatriciana,” “penne allacarbonara”and “spaghettialla gricia.”For the main course, try the lamb or “coda alla vaccinara.”

Finally, spending an entire day in the sun can be exhausting. Between the various tennis matches we recommend a “grattachecca,” a crushed ice combined with large pieces of fruit, specific to the city of Rome and unavailable elsewhere in Italy. During the International of Italy, in the Foro Italico, there are several dining areas where you can find different types of foods.

On the first floor of Stadio del Tennis there is the hospitality area that, depending on the event, can be reserved for athletes, press or guests.

Atmosphere 4

Visibility is excellent from every area of the grounds: Tribuna Tevere, Tribuna Monte Mario, Tribuna Internazionale Nord and Tribuna Internazionale Sud. The sound of the blows that are produced from the racket on the ball are amplified by the shape of the structure and by the placement of the court below ground level.

But what makes the atmosphere of the International of Italy so unique is the beauty of the other courts on which the tournament takes place; the buildings around them that bring to the spectator’s mind the greatness of ancient Rome. Even for this, the most prestigious Italian tennis tournament, part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and with Monte Carlo and Roland Garros is the so-called “Red Slam,” only on three occasions has the event not been played in Rome.

Neighborhood 4

Stadio Olimpico (in the same complex in which the Stadio del Tennis resides) is home of AS Roma and SS Lazio. It was also the facility that hosted the 1960 Olympic Games, the final of the FIFA world Cup 1990 and, finally, is home to major athletics meetings. Stadio dei Marmi is also in the complex and is known for its beautiful statues.

Stadio del Nuoto expanded on several occasions and is the venue of the many aquatic world championships. Farnesina houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Italian Republic. These are just some of the beauties present at the Foro Italico.

Fans 4

It is typical at Monte Carlo or at Wimbledon to have members of royal families in attendance. In Rome, which is a major film production center, it is not uncommon to see famous actors and actresses. Also, many football players visit Foro Italico during the International of Italy.

The fans are very noisy when Italian athletes play in the Stadio del Tennis.

Access 4

Getting to the Foro Italico is very easy. For those coming from outside Rome, once you exit from the A1 or A24 highways, just take the ring road and follow signs to Stadio Olimpico. All around the Foro Italico are many car parks. There isn’t a subway that leads directly to Stadio del Tennis, but with line A, you can get off at Flaminio and take a bus or a tram to Piazza Antonio Mancini. From there, just walk across the Ponte Duca d’Aosta over the Tevere River.

Return on Investment 4

Online tickets are already available for the 2019 edition of the tournament. Prices range from 17.60 euro for a seat in Distinti Tevere for the first round, to more than 500.00 euro for the Exclusive Suite for the finals. There is also the opportunity to buy the ticket package with hotel. If buying a package, there are additional benefits in the stands of Villaggio Commerciale that will be prepared during the tournament.

Extras 4

Roma caput mundi (Latin). These three words are sufficient to anticipate all the extras that spectators of the International of Italy can discover. The event is very close to the Colosseum and the Vatican. Then it depends on how long you stay in the capital of Italy.

Final Thoughts

Stadio del Tennis in the Foro Italico provides an impressive venue in which to visit and watch high-level tennis matches.

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