Oreste Granillo Stadium is a purpose built football stadium which first opened in 1999. Home to Reggina Calcio, the stadium had an impressive capacity of 27,543 spread out across four distinct stands.
Stadio Oreste Granillo is a municipally owned stadium which replaced the former Stadio Comunale belonging to Reggio Calabaria. Constructed on the same site of the old stadium which first opened in 1932, the stadium underwent large scale renovations between 1997 – 1999 as the old structure was completely demolished and rebuilt as a modern-day footballing arena consisting of four stands.
Previously Stadio Comunale had underwent a handful of renovations throughout its history such as the installation of a roof for the main stand in the 1960s and the addition of the Curva Nord twenty years later but the stadium was inevitably becoming outdated. After achieving promotion to Serie A in 1999 there were concerns that Reggina’s former stadium would have been too small for the club’s growing fan base.
The Stadium was rebuilt in line with other leading European Stadiums of the period such as Selhurst Park, and subsequently is regarded as being one of the hidden gems of Italian Football. Without the problematic athletics track, the views from the stands are flawless, and the match day atmosphere is all the better for it, with the inaugural competitive match held against Fiorentina which resulted in a 2-2 draw.
Named in honour of Oreste Granillo who was the former president of Reggina Calacio when the club were first promoted to Serie B, the ground has required zero structural improvements since opening. In 2008 a new electronic scoreboard was installed, the players changing rooms underwent refurbishment and a small section of seating within the Western Grandstand was reconfigured to accommodate more disabled supporters.
Below is a seating plan Stadio Oreste Granillo: