Stadio Olimpico: AS Roma / SS Lazio

Viale dei Gladiatori, Rome, 00135, Italy
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Stadio Olympico is the largest sports facility in the entirety of Rome. Located inside the Foro Italico complex on the Northern side of the city, the stadium is owned by the Italian National Olympic Committee and is home to two of Italy’s best-known teams. Both SS Lazio and AS Roma play their games there and have done almost since it opened 1937. That opening was a long time coming, too, with ground having been broken for the construction of the stadium as early as 1901.

Whenever we come across grounds that are the home of two different teams we always break up the information into two sections to make it easier for you to understand who we’re talking about. If you want to skip to a specific team then bear in mind that we’ll discuss SS Lazio first and AS Roma second. When we’re talking about things that are true for both teams, such as the stadium history, then we’ll just have one section for clarity. You with us? Good.

Stats

Stadio Olimpico Stats
Year Opened1937
Capacity70,634
Average Attendance21,274
Record Attendance100,000 (Italy v Hungary (1953))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameOlimpico
Former NameStadio dei Cipressi, Stadio dei Centomila
OwnerItalian National Olympic Committee
Clubs HostedS.S. Lazio, A.S. Roma, Italy national football team, Italy national rugby union team
First FixtureItaly v Hungary (17/05/1953)
SS Lazio Stats
Year Founded1900
NicknameI Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues), I Biancazzurri (The White and Blues), Le Aquile (The Eagles), Gli Aquilotti (The Eaglets)
Club MascotEagle
RivalsRoma, Napoli, Livorno
Previous StadiumsStadio Flaminio
KitLight Blue (Home) / Dark Blue (Away) / White & Light Blue (Third)
Training GroundFormello Training Ground
Team OwnerClaudio Lotito
Record GoalscorerSilvio Piola (149)
Record AppearancesGiuseppe Favalli (401)
AS Roma Stats
Year Founded1927
NicknameI Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds), La Maggica (The Magic One), I Lupi (The Wolves)
Club MascotRomolo (Wolf)
RivalsNapoli, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Liverpool
Previous StadiumsStadio Flaminio
KitOrange & Maroon (Home) / White (Away) / Red & Orange (Third)
Training GroundTrigoria training ground
Team OwnerNEEP Roma Holding SpA
Record GoalscorerFrancesco Totti (306)
Record AppearancesFrancesco Totti (765)

Stadio Olimpico Photos

Stadio Olimpico Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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The Stadio Olimpico follows the European Style of having a bowl of continuous seating. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t broken up into sections, however. The two ends, Curva Nord and Curva Sud, are behind the two goals and the Tribuna Tevere and Tribuna Ovest run along the side of the pitch. Here’s a little bit more information on each:

  • Curva Nord - This area of the ground tends to be where the most vocal and passionate Lazio fans go during their matches. It is one block of seating with a large screen at the back of it.
  • Curva Sud - Much as the Lazio Ultras occupy the Northern end of the ground, so their Roma counterparts call the Southern section home. Expect noise, passion and excitement here.
  • Tribuna Ovest - Much like the rest of the stadium, this is a single-tier section of seating. It is commonly considered to be the ground’s Main Stand as it contains the dugouts and director’s box.
  • Tribuna Tevere - This stand is what you might refer to as the ‘posh seats’. It’s where journalists watch the matches from and also features a large amount of corporate hospitality seating.

SS Lazio Ticket Prices

Lazio tend to charge different prices depending on who the opposition is that they are up against. As you’d expect, it’s more expensive when they face their rivals such as AC Milan, Inter Milan or, more obviously, their city rivals Roma. Here’s an idea of the sort of prices you can expect to pay depending on the opposition, where in the ground you want to sit and your age:

  • Adults: €20 - €200
  • Concessions: €14 - €50
  • Under 14s: €1

How To Get SS Lazio Tickets

The advancement in technology means that the club’s official website is the best place to start when you’re looking for tickets for matches. There’s also a phone number you can call if your Italian is good enough. If you’re in the city then there are any number of official places you can go to pick up tickets, not least shops such as the Zlazio store near the Termini or the Piazza Mancini.

AS Roma Ticket Prices

Much like their derby rivals, AS Roma split their tickets into two categories. Category A matches will include obvious opposition teams such as Lazio, Juventus and Inter. Category B games tend to be pretty much everyone else. The reality is that Roma games tend to be more popular than Lazio matches so they can get away with charging more money. Here’s a look at some prices:

  • Adults: €20 - €200
  • Concessions: €15 - €70
  • Under 14s: €15 - €70

How To Get AS Roma Tickets

Things are not dissimilar when it comes to AS Roma matches. The internet is the best place to start. The club has a partnership with listicket.com that you can take advantage of. You can also pick them up from sales points located in numerous places including betting shops. There are also official club shops and sales affiliates points that you can go to. If all else fails then simply give the club’s call centre a ring.

Getting To Stadio Olimpico

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Rome is the capital of Italy, so the travel options are numerous and useful. Here are some of the more typical routes that you’ll consider taking:

train - In order to get to Rome by train you’ll want to depart from London Sr. Pancras and head to Paris’s Gare du Nord station. You’ll then change station to Gare de Lyon in order to get a train to Turin. From Turin you’ll have one train left to get to Rome itself and all in all the journey will take around twenty hours.

Termini, the main station in Rome, is 6km from the stadium and you’ll want to take the Metro A Line to Ottaviano. Alternatively you can get the Metro B Line from Tiburtina station and change at Termini. Station Ostiense will let you do the same thing, incidentally.

Bus - Bus number 32 runs from Ottaviano to the Piazzale della Farnesina. Tram number 2 will also take you close to the stadium.

Car - The stadium is most easily accessible from from Exit Number 5 on the A1 motorway between Florence and Rome. Follow the signs to Foro Italico and you won’t be too far off where you need to be.

By Air - Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport is the city’s main one, though it’s still around 40km from the stadium. Ciampino - G.B. Pastine International Airport is closer to the centre of Rome at around 16km, but it’s arguably less convenient than it’s rival.

Taxi - A taxi from Termini to the stadium will cost you just shy of €15 and will take about twenty minutes to complete its journey.

Parking Near Stadio Olimpico

There are a number of private parking areas near to the ground that you can park your car in, should you be driving to the stadium.

Useful Resources

Stadio Olimpico Hotels

As the capital of Italy there are numerous excellent hotels available in Rome. Here are some of our favourites:

Hotel Zone - £60+

via Alfredo Fusco 118, Rome, RM, 00136
This four-star hotel is close to the Vatican museums and has a garden, a fitness centre and a business suite. There are 68 rooms that have private bathrooms and there’s a also free Wi-Fi, free parking and a buffet breakfast included in the cost of your hotel stay. More details.

Villa Monte Mario - £60+

Via Trionfale 6157, Rome, 00135
This guesthouse is about half-an-hour from the stadium and has a restaurant. There’s also Wi-Fi in the reception area, free parking, a garden and a meeting room. If you like to take in the local area then there’s a lovely rooftop terrace you can use. If you’re hungry in the morning then you can take advantage of the buffet breakfast. More details.

Courtyard Rome Central Park - £80+

Via Giuseppe Moscati 7, Rome, RM, 00168
The Courtyard hotel is around four miles from the ground and has 162 rooms for its guests. There are two restaurants in the hotel as well as self-parking, a fitness centre and Wi-Fi in the reception. There’s a rooftop terrace, too. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Stadio Olimpico

Rome is not without its watering holes, as you’d expect from a country’s capital city. There are any number of pubs in the area around the Ponte Milvio bridge, though we’d recommend you opt to drink in the city centre before heading out to the ground. Here are some of the best places:

Abbey Theatre Irish Pub

Via del Governo Vecchio, 51, 00186, Rome (+39 06 686 1341)
If you want to soak up the atmosphere of the city and mix with locals then there are loads of places to that. Abbey Theatre is more about having a home from home where you can get drinks you’ll recognise, order things in your native tongue and watch live sport on the pub’s fourteen different screens. There’s also food available all day, every day.

The Highlander Pub

Vicolo di S. Biagio, 9, 00186, Rome (+39 06 6880 5368)
The Highlander Pub in Rome is a bit of a flip on the old convention of Irish pubs taking over the town. It is, as the name suggests, a Scottish pub that shows all of the major sporting events you could possibly hope to watch. There are old Scottish favourites on the beer menu, like Tennents, and standard pub grub such as burgers and pizzas.

Harry's Bar

Via Vittorio Veneto, 150, 00187, Rome (+39 06 484643)
f you’re not too bothered about watching live sport and would rather go somewhere cultured where you might bump into a celebrity or two then Harry’s Bar is the place for you. This American bar was once frequented by Frank Sinatra and has welcomed the likes of Hilary Clinton and Anthony Hopkins in more recent years. Dinner and drinks are the order of the day here, so expect top quality food and the very best alcoholic options.

Facilities

The Stadio Olimpico is nearly one hundred years old but it has been refurbished on a number of occasions. That means it’s not the most modern and luxurious ground in all of Italy but it isn’t coming apart at the seams, either. Views are good from most places around the stadium and you’ll be able to get yourself a bite to eat or a drink in the build-up to kick-off and at half-time. What more do you want?

Hospitality

SS Lazio

There are a number of hospitality packages at the Stadio Olimpico that you can take advantage of when you go to see a Lazio match. Perhaps the Stage Lazio might interest you? This is arguably the most prestigious hospitality on offer, with armchair seats, flat screen TVs to show you the action, access to a minibar and also excellent service.

Maybe you’re more of a relaxed fan who wants to take advantage of hospitality without having to buy a full box package. If so then the Super Palco Lazio might appeal. This is for private football fans as well as business people who want to entertain clients at the match. It’s similar to the Honourable Grandstand Lazio package, except for the fact that with the latter you are on seats in the stadium itself rather than in a corporate area.

AS Roma

All of Roma’s hospitality packages offer the sort of stunning dining that you’d expect from a top-class club in Italy. There are full course dinners, food counters with all sorts of varieties of grub to enjoy, cocktail bars and even a sommelier to help you pick the wine that will go best with what you’re eating.

Tribuna 1927 is the club’s main VIP section. You even get to watch the players warm-up in the tunnel if you opt for this package. This is for serious business people who want to mix with club executives and players from the club’s history. Skyboxes offer an alternative that allows you and your guests to get the most out of you're day, whilst time in the Tribuna D’Onore sees you experience the very best Roma has to offer by way of luxury and comfort.

Private Hire

The facilities at Stadio Olimpico aren’t for the exclusive use of football fans, with conference and event hire being possible depending on what you’re hoping to do. If this is something that you fancy and your Italian is good enough to mean you can make yourself understood then get in touch with the stadium directly or the Italian Olympic Committee and they’ll be able to help you with what you need.

Stadium Tours & Museum

Somewhat remarkably for a stadium of the size and stature of the Stadio Olimpico, no tours are offered to the general public. That may change at some point in the future of course, when someone involved with either club realises it’s ludicrous. If it does we’ll let you know. That said, it’s pretty easy to get a ticket to either club’s games, so if you’re in Rome buy yourself a ticket and have a good look around the place.

Rome is full of museums, yet none of them are exclusively dedicated to either AS Roma or SS Lazio. Interestingly, Roma are currently in the process of building a new stadium which will be called Stadio della Roma. One of the things it will have is a museum about the club’s history. It’s not opening until 2019 at the earliest, however, so maybe don’t wait outside for the doors to open.

About SS Lazio

SS Lazio 1939-40 squad - See page for author [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Founded in 1900, the club has spent the vast majority of its existence in Italy’s top-flight. They have been crowned champions of Italy on two occasions at the time of writing, also winning the Coppa Italia six times and the Supercoppa Italiana three times. They have also achieved some international success, picking up both the UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

Their first major success didn’t come until 1958 when they won a domestic cup. Their first title came a full sixteen years later when they were crowned Italian champions. The SS in Lazio’s title stands for Società Sportiva and is commonly left out when people discuss the club, referring to it merely as Lazio. The reason they are called a Società Sportiva is that the football club is part of a larger sports club that takes part in around forty different disciplines - more than any other similar sports club in the world.

About AS Roma

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Associazione Sportiva Roma, which means Rome Sport Association, is better known simply as Roma. The club was founded in 1927 when three old Italian clubs, Roman FC, SS Alba-Audace and Fortitudo-Pro Roma SGS, were merged together by Italo Foschi. He created the club in order to give the county’s capital a strong team to represent it, with Lazio still to make any real impression on the football world. At the time of writing the club has spent just one season outside of the Italian top-flight; the 1951-1952 season.

Roma have won the league just one more time than their city rivals, picking up the title on three separate occasions. They’ve won one less Supercoppa Italiana trophies, too, but they’ve won the Coppa Italia nine different times. In Europe they came incredibly close to winning the European Cup in 1984 but were beaten by Liverpool in the final. They also lost out in the final of the UEFA Cup in 1991 when Internazionale beat them over two legs. They did win the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1961, however.

Stadio Olimpico History

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The Stadio Olimpico was originally known as the Stadio dei Cipressi when it was first opened, being part of the Foro Mussolini. This was re-named the Foro Italico when the war came to and end and Mussolini was removed from power. Though the ground for the stadium was broken into in 1901 construction work didn’t actually begin until 1927. In 1937 further works were started but paused when war broke out. When it re-opened in 1950 it had a capacity of around 100,000 so it became known as the Stadio dei Centomila. It kept that name until it was re-christened as the Stadio Olimpico when it hosted the 1960 Olympic Games.

The entire ground was practically re-built in preparation for it to be the main stadium hosting matches for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. During the 1989-1990 season both SS Lazio and AS Roma played their matches in the Stadio Flaminio as the ground underwent its changes. It hosted five games including the competition’s final between West Germany and Argentina, which the Germans won 1-0. Six years later the stadium hosted the Champions League final between Juventus and Ajax. It also hosted the competition’s final in 2009, though the ground underwent significant change in order to meet UEFA’s requirements to do so.

Future Developments

The Stadio Olimpico is one of the planned venues for the 2020 European Championships and will doubtless undergo numerous changes in the build-up to that tournament. There are no plans in the immediate pipeline, but we’ll update this section as the tournament gets closer.

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