About Rome Olympic Stadium
The Olympic Stadium of Rome, also known as the Stadio Olimpico di Roma in Italian, is a multipurpose stadium that is primarily used for soccer practice. It is in the city of Rome, which is the capital of the region of Lazio and of Italy. A.S. Roma and S.S. Lazio, whose supporters occupy the south and north stands, call it home on a regular basis. It hosted the Olympic Games in 1960 and the Football World Cup Final in 1990.
Established in 1927 and formerly known as “Stadio dei Cipressi,” Stadium of the Cypresses) was designed and constructed as part of a project to create a true sports city that would be called “Foro Mussolini” (and later renamed “Foro Italico”). The project was started in 1928 and finished in 1937 under the direction of the architect Luigi Walter Moretti.
In anticipation of the XVII Olympiads, the quarries were opened in December 1950 for the reconstruction of the Olympic Stadium, which was renamed “Stadio dei Centomila” until 1960 in order to accommodate a capacity of one hundred thousand people. On May 17, 1953, the match between the Italy and Hungary national soccer teams marked the stadium’s official opening.
The opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletic competitions were held in the stadium during the 1960 Olympics.
The Olympic Stadium was completely demolished and rebuilt in reinforced concrete to host the World Cup in 1990; Nine meters were added to bring the curves closer to the field. A white Arabian-style roof, blue plastic seats, and two new curtains were installed to completely cover the archibanks. The official capacity at the end of the work was 72,698 people. On May 27, 2009, FC Barcelona and Manchester United met in the UEFA Champions League final, which the Spanish team won 2-0.
It is the fourth of the arenas that facilitated the two most significant games on the planet, the Olympic Games and the World Cup. It shares a milestone with six other buildings by being the primary location for the opening ceremony of the summer event and the soccer competition’s final.
In balance between sport and spectacle, the Stadio Olimpico hosts the home games of AS Roma and Lazio, the rugby team’s matches in the Six Nations tournament and the Golden Gala of light athletics; but it has also hosted over the years the trumpet of Miles Davis and the voice of Tina Turner, the sensuality of Madonna and David Bowie together with the vitality of the Rolling Stones, as well as Puccini’s Tosca and John Paul II’s Jubilee of sportsmen.