Bologna - The Renato dall'Aria Staio - 39,651 All Seater
About the Renato dall’Aria Stadio The Renato Dall’Ara has some mixed memories for England fans. In the 1990 World Cup finals it was the venue for Englands last minute victory against Belgium in the 2nd round of the World Cup, whilst less than 3 years later, Davide Gualtieri made World Cup history in the stadium when playing for San Marino as he scored the quickest ever goal in World Cup history after 7 seconds against Graham Taylor’s England team.
The stadium has built originally in 1927 and named the Stadio Littoriale. Since then it has changed very little and it is typical of a number of stadiums in Italy as it is municipally owned and regularly used for Athletics meetings. It has two large open stands, one of which is covered with the end stands curving away. One of the unique features of the stadium is the clock tower and monumental arch that sits in the middle of the Distinti (east stand). The stadium has hosted a number of important games in its history, including two games in the 1934 World Cup finals as well as four games in the 1990 World Cup finals.
Since the relegation of the home team in 2005, attendances have fallen away at the stadium, and today it is rare for more than 15,000 to be in attendance.
Who plays there? How to get there The stadium is located to the west of the city centre, in between the inner ring road, and the main Autostrada route out of town. Bus number 21 runs from the train station. If you are coming from the historic centre, simply head west down Via Ugo Bassi, and then take the left hand fork at Piazza Malpichi. This road then becomes Via Costa as it crosses the inner ring road at Viale Gionvanni Vinici.
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Getting a ticket On the day of the game tickets are sold from the ivy-clad ticket offices opposite the eastern side of the stadium in Via de Coubertin. The Carisbo Bank in Piazzo Maggiore and the Emil Banca also sells tickets in advance. The club’s online ticket portal is provided by http://www.bestticket.it who sell tickets for games from around 2 weeks before the match. Bear in mind that you will need to bring your passport to collect any tickets purchased online. Tickets range in price from €15 for a place in either Curva with the hardcore fans, to €125 for a place with the VIP’s in the Poltrona Platino. A good neutral is in the Distinti Centrali which is €40.
Getting around Most of Bologna’s sites are within easy walking distance of each other, although if you do tire you can use the network of ATC buses. A 24 hour pass costs €3 and is available from any news kiosks or the Tourist Information office in Piazza Maggiore 1.
Bologna’s Marconi airport is located 4miles north west of the town centre in the industrial area. It is linked back to the centre by the Aerobus that runs every 20 minutes during the day and costs €4.50 for a single. The bus runs down Via Ugo Bassi to the Centrale Station. A taxi costs around €15.
The airport is currently served by British Airways from London Gatwick; Easyjet used to fly here put recently pulled the route.
Located 45 minutes to the east of Bologna, and mainly the province of Ryanairwho fly to “Bologna Forli” on a daily basis from London Stansted and Dublin. A bus runs direct to Bologna central station 30 minutes after the inbound flight arrives and costs €15 each way and takes about an hour.