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SATO Know the Pitch: Atleti Azurri d’Italia

Stadi0 Atleti Azurri d’Italia is not only a very difficult name for a Yank to say (especially after a few pints), but it also is considered one of the worst football stadiums in the top flight of any European football league.  The club that is rewarded this dishonor is Atalanta who by the end of October were playing like the worst top flight club in all of European football.  So perhaps the stadium suits the club after all.

What makes Atelti Azurri d’Italia such a terrible venue is a lot of things.   First off, the venue is very old and beginning to become extremely dilapidated in appearance.  Built in the 1920’s it was one of the stadiums that was overlooked for the remodeling era of 1989 regarding the World Cup. So although many other stadiums are just as old, they at least had a fairly recent makeover, but Atalanta’s stadium had no such luck.

Secondily, without a remodeling era that means the facilities and locker rooms date back to the 1920’s.  A lot has changed since that time, including a World War, and maybe it’s time to give the players, coaches, and fans some new digs.  Thirdly, the stadium does not have the most grand design in the first place.  Many seats have poor views and many areas of the stands are considered unfriendly spectator spots for viewing pleasure.  And lastly, the majority of the stadium has no roof or cover to protect its fan’s from bad conditions.

All-in-all there are a lot of reasons why Atalanta has one of the worst stadiums in the entire world.