Stadio San Paolo: S.S.C. Napoli

Piazzale Vincenzo Tecchio, Naples, Italy, 80125
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The Stadio San Paolo is located in the West of Naples and is the third largest stadium in all of Italy, beaten only by the San Siro and the Stadio Olimpico. It was built over the course of eleven years from 1948 to 1959 with the specific aim of being used for the preliminary games of the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. The club has strong ties with Diego Maradona and the Naples council asked the Italian government if they could name the stadium after him, but they were forbidden.

Stadio San Paolo was one of the grounds used to host FIFA World Cup matches when Italy was the host nation in 1990. Five games were played there, including two of Argentina’s Group B games and England’s quarter-final match against Cameroon. It also hosted the semi-final game between Diego Maradona’s Argentina and Italy, with the host nation eventually getting beaten on penalties.

Stats

Stadio San Paolo Stats
Year Opened1959
Capacity60,240
Average Attendance38,760
Record Attendance112,365 (SSC Napoli v AC Perugia (1979))
Pitch Size110 x 68 (7480)
Former NameStadio del Sole
OwnerComune di Napoli
Clubs HostedS.S.C. Napoli, Italian football team
First FixtureNapoli v Juventus (06/12/1959)
Napoli Stats
Year Founded1926
NicknamePartenope, Gli Azzurri, I Ciucciarelli
Club MascotDonkey
RivalsInter Milan, Juventus, Roma, AC Milan, Lazio
KitBlue & White (Home) / Black & Blue (Away) / Red & Blue (Third)
Training GroundCentro Sportivo Castel Volturno
Shirt SponsorLete
Team OwnerFilmauro S.r.l.
Record GoalscorerDiego Maradona (115)
Record AppearancesGiuseppe Bruscolotti (511)

Stadio San Paolo Photos

Stadio San Paolo Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By C.R. (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The stadium is in a ‘Bowl Style’, as is the case with most continental grounds. Behind the Northern goal is the Curva Nord, an area that welcomes the most passionate Napoli ‘Ultras’. Opposite that is, predictably, the Curva Sud. This is right next to the away supporters but doesn’t quite match the Nord for vitriolic passion. The Eastern Stand, or Tribuna, continues the two-tier style of the rest of the ground and runs along the side of the pitch, whilst the Western Tribuna is considered to be the ‘main stand’ as it houses the dugouts, executive facilities and the press area.

Napoli Ticket Prices

Some foreign clubs make it quite easy to understand their ticketing arrangements, others make it strangely difficult. Napoli appear to have gone down the route of footballing omerta, keeping things to themselves. It’s unclear whether the club offer discounts for concessions, for example, or how much children’s tickets are. What we do know is that different amounts are charged for different parts of the ground, with the Curva typically being the cheapest section and the Tribuna Onore the most expensive. Prices for adults range from €20 to €150.

How To Get Napoli Tickets

The best way to get tickets is by heading to the club’s official website. If you’re a technophobe, however, you might want to head to the ticket office in person or go to one of the approved retailers in the city centre.

Where to Buy

Getting To Stadio San Paolo

Naples is a delightful city to visit and it’s used to tourists flocking to it on a regular basis. Consequently the transport links are reasonably solid. Here are your standard choices:

Train - A train from London will take about sixteen hours, all told. You’ll get the Eurostar from St. Pancras to Paris Nord before changing to Paris Gare de Lyon. From there a train will take you to Torino Porta Susa and you’ll then get an internal Italian service to Torino Porta Nuova. Your journey is nearly complete as you get a train from there to Napoli Centrale. To get to the stadium you’ll then take the Metro Line 2 to Mostra and it’s a short walk from there.

Bus - Bus number 152 runs from just outside of Stazione Centrale to the ground.

Car - Driving to Stadio San Paolo isn’t exactly easy, so to be on the safe side we’d recommend putting the stadium’s address into some sort of satellite navigation system and following the instructions.

By Air - Naples International Airport is the closest to the city and is about ten miles or so away.

Taxi - A cab from the central station to the ground will take about twenty minutes and should set you back somewhere in the region of €15.

Parking Near Stadio San Paolo

There is no specific parking at the Stadio San Paolo, but if you don’t like your car then you park near enough through on-street parking. There’s also a variety of parking garages nearby.

Useful Resources

Stadio San Paolo Hotels

Naples is a beautiful city well worth your time. As such there are loads of hotel options available to you on your trip. Here are some of our favourites:

Hotel Cesare Augusto - £40+

Viale Cesare Augusto, 42, Naples, NA, 80125
Just over half a mile from the stadium is this 3-star hotel with a restaurant, a bar, a rooftop terrace and a garden. There’s also a meeting room, a buffet breakfast included with the price you pay, free parking and free Wi-Fi. More details.

Hotel Villa Maria - £60+

Via Nuova Agnano, 37, Naples, NA, 80125
This suburban hotel is about a mile and half from the ground. It’s got 29 rooms, a conference space and free Wi-Fi in the reception. There’s also a free continental breakfast included with your room. More details.

Montespina Park Hotel - £70+

Via Provinciale San Gennaro, 2, Naples, NA, 80125
About two miles from Stadio San Paolo is this delightful hotel with a garden, a rooftop terrace and a health club with an outdoor pool. There’s also a restaurant, a bar, free Wi-Fi, free parking and, as seems to be de rigueur in Italy, a free buffet breakfast. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Stadio San Paolo

Naples has a selection of amazing bars and restaurants that are well worth your time. Here are some of the ones we love for a pre-match Limoncello:

Pizzeria Pizzaioli Veraci

Viale di Augusto, 68, 80125 Napoli (+39 081 628718)
Possibly the closest place to the ground where you can get a drink, this classical Italian pizzeria isn’t a typical sports bar but there are televisions so you might be able to persuade them to put the match on whilst you’re munching down a delicious margherita.

Frank Malone Pub

Via Tito Angelini, 13, 80129 Napoli (+39 081 578 6686)
Designed to be like a typical ‘pub’, Frank Malone’s has a great menu, loads of beers and ales and, most importantly of all, plenty of TVs for showing live sports. It’s closer to the centre of Naples than the stadium, though, just FYI.

Pub Napoli - The Penny Black Waterfront

Via Partenope, 9, 80121 Napoli
The Penny Black is actually a chain of pubs in Naples, with the Waterfront bar decorated like an English style pub. There’s even a red phone box in the entrance! A tasty menu, decent beer selection and TVs for sport await you here.

Facilities

The development of the stadium will also see the general facilities of the stadium improve immeasurably. It’s already got the sort of food and drink kiosks you’d expect from a major stadium, though.

Hospitality

By Pino Alpino (Transferred from it.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s difficult to find specific information about match day hospitality for Napoli games, to be honest, with this presumably falling under the guidelines of the club’s footballing omerta. Your best bet is to speak with Napoli directly if you’d like to watch a game in style.

Private Hire

At the time of writing the stadium is undergoing a restructuring that will see the redevelopment of the conference rooms and hospitality suites, making it one of the best places in all of Naples for the purposes of hosting private events. We’ll update this section when it’s all done and dusted.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing there are no tours of the Stadio San Paolo available. There’s also no club museum that you can go to. So it’s a bit rubbish, all in all.

About Napoli

Roma and Napoli team in 1928 - See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve ever wondered what the S.S.C. stands for before Napoli when describing the football club, wonder no more. It means Società Sportiva Calcio. Glad we got that sorted for you. Napoli are the most successful club in Southern Italy, having won twelve domestic trophies including two Serie A titles, five Coppa Italias two Supercoppa Italianas. Only Juventus, AC Milan and Internazionale have a greater support than Napoli.

In 2016 the UEFA rankings declared Napoli to be the 8th best club in Europe, surpassing the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. Some improvement on their position in 2010 when they were ranked 108th in Europe. The club is also one of the members of the European Club Association, which replaced the G-14 as an organisation of major football clubs.

Stadio San Paolo History

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During the 1990 FIFA World Cup Maradona played at the Stadio San Paolo. The player, who was on Napoli’s books at the time and considered to be one of the best players in the world, asked the Napoli fans to support Argentina when they played Italy in the semi-final of the competition. The Napoli fans unfurled a banner in the Curva saying, “Maradona, Naples loves you, but Italy is our homeland”. It was the only ground where the Argentina national anthem wasn’t booed and the game eventually went to penalties. Who scored the winning penalty? Who else but Diego Maradona? The Italian government refused to allowed Naples to name the ground after him, however, as an Italian law forbids naming a public building after anyone who has not been dead for ten years or more.

The ground is designed in a ‘bowl’ style as it originally needed to house an athletics track that ran around the perimeter of the pitch. It was renovated extensively in preparation for being one of the stadiums used to host matches during Italia ’90. Before that, though, it had a huge capacity that reached its peak in 1979 when over 110,000 supporters turned out to watch a game between Napoli and AC Perugia.

Future Developments

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The stadium is currently undergoing its largest upgrade since before the 1990 World Cup. The structure isn’t likely to be altered too dramatically, but changes to the roof are likely and new seats are being installed. There’ll also be improvements to many of the cosmetic things inside the stadium, including a new running track being laid. It will take place over the next two years with minimal disruption to the stadium’s ability to host matches.

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