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SATO Know the Pitch: Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi is one of the more bizarre stadiums in all of Serie A.  When it was opened in the 1960’s many football critics considered it among the nicest of stadiums in all of Serie A.  It was a state-of-the-art design for the time, but what makes it bizarre is that at the time it was constructed their was no club playing on the grounds that was a Serie A contender.  The stadium is home to Chievo Verona and Hellas Verona and neither squad has played their majority in the top tier. 

In fact Hellas Verona is currently a club in Lega Pro and prior to the stadium’s construction in the 1960’s it had played thirty straight years on the lower level of Italian football.  Chievo Verona’s history is not much better.  The squad battles against relegation nearly every year on the top level, so although the fans do not have the best squads located on the pitch they do have one of the nicest grounds in Italy.

The stadium was one of the many that was remodeled in 1989 for the World Cup.  Among the additions made to the venue was a roof was put over the stands covering the spectators from weather conditions, many seats were redone for a better view of the pitch, and many public transporting systems were installed near the grounds as well.

In a league filled with old historic stadiums, Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi is a rare diamond in the rough.  Hopefully one day Chievo can make it proud with a brilliant Serie A run.