Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence)

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Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi
The Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence
The Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence 2007
Earlier names

Stadio Giovanni Berta

place Viale Manfredo Fanti 4 50137 Florence , Italy
Coordinates 43 ° 46 '50.8 "  N , 11 ° 16' 57.8"  E Coordinates: 43 ° 46 '50.8 "  N , 11 ° 16' 57.8"  E
owner City of Florence
opening September 13, 1931
Renovations 1990, 2013
surface Natural grass
architect Pier Luigi Nervi
capacity 43,147 seats
playing area 105 m × 68 m

The Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi is a football stadium in the Italian city ​​of Florence , Tuscany . Today the facility has a seating capacity of 43,147. The municipal stadium is the home ground of the Serie A football club Fiorentina . It is named after the long-time club and UEFA president Artemio Franchi , who was born in Florence.


The Artemio Franchi was donated by the marker Luigi Ridolfi , who gave it to the city of Florence as a gift. On September 13, 1931, AC Florence moved into the new stadium , then called Stadio Giovanni Berta .

The stadium was both designed and built by Pier Luigi Nervi , a very famous Italian architect . The construction and conception of the stadium turned out to be trend-setting in the planning for the following stadiums, so that many elements can be found in stadiums constructed later. The stadium is considered a masterpiece of rationalist architecture .

The official attendance record dates from November 25, 1984, when 58,271 spectators were counted on the occasion of a Serie A match between Fiorentina and Inter . Over the years, some changes have been made to the stadium: For the soccer World Cup in Italy in 1990 , the athletics facility was replaced by additional seats and the Comunale was transformed into a pure soccer stadium. In 1991 the facility was named after the long-time president of the ACF Fiorentina , Artemio Franchi, who was also UEFA president from 1973 to 1983.

Occasionally the stadium is also used for matches of the Italian national rugby union team , for example on November 20, 2010 against Australia . A game between the Italian team and the Argentines is planned for November 18, 2017 .

Planned new building

A new building or renovation of the sports facility, which was inaugurated in 1931, has already been discussed several times. In 2017, AC Florence presented plans for a new stadium. The football arena for 40,000 visitors should cost a total of 420 million euros. These plans were rejected again. In September 2019, the Noi Per Firenze association presented a five-year refurbishment concept for the Stadio Comunale at a cost of around 100 million euros. Since the takeover of AC by businessman Rocco Commisso, who holds 98 percent of the shares, the new building plans have been intensified. In January of that year, Mayor Dario Nardella stated that a new stadium could be ready by 2023. In mid-year, UEFA Vice-President Michele Uva was appointed special advisor for the project. At the end of September 2019, the Noi Per Firenze renovation plans were again favored. The arena rebuilt according to the design by the architects from BCB Progretti should only lose around 3000 seats and offer 40,000 seats. There should be two new tiers in the existing stadium area. In addition, the tiers should be reconsidered. The renovation should take place over three years while the game is running. Costs of 50 million euros were estimated for the stadium. A budget of 70 million euros was planned for the development of the stadium area. A new building was no longer discussed. In mid-November 2019, a new design was presented by the local architecture firm Pierattelli Architetture for 150 million euros. The facade that merges into the roof has a large-format diamond pattern with the association's colors. Previously, club owner Commisso had expressed the wish in October to move into a new stadium with the AC in 2023. The city has identified a possible site in northeast Florence for construction. The construction should take two years.

In early March 2020 it was announced that the stadium would not be built on the planned site. In October 2019, the city proposed a plot of land on the Mercafir market area . It would be the only way to build within the urban area. Since the three previously set conditions were not met, the association will not bid for the property. This was stated by the club's president, Commisso, in an open letter. AC Florence demanded quick building permits, a reasonable price for construction and development, and full control over the construction and management of the finished stadium. The situation will delay the project again.


Web links

Commons : Stadio Artemio Franchi  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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