Stadio Renato Dall’Ara formerly known as Stadio Littoriale is a multi-purpose sporting arena used primarily by Bologna F.C for football matches.
English fans may recall the stadium hosting the 1990 world cup match between Belgium and England where David Platt scored in the 119th minute in extra time to send the team through to the quarter finals.
Bologna Stadium Guide
|Address:||Via Andrea Costa, 174,, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, 40134|
|Stadium Owner:||Bologna City Council|
|Operator:||Bologna FC 1909|
|Former Names:||Stadio Littoriale (1927–1945), Stadio Comunale (1945–1983)|
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara History
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara first opened in 1927 under the name of Stadio Littoriale, and was designed by Leandro Arpinati who would later become the Mayor of Bologna. During the era of Italian Fascism variations of the stadiums name which paid tribute to the political party’s youth wing were popular, and were given to other stadiums such as ones in Palermo and Varese.
Visited by Benito Mussolini himself in October 1926, and later on inaugurated on 29th May 1927 by the King of Italy who attended the first ever match between Italy and Spain, Littoriale Stadium initially had a capacity of 50,100. As one of the country’s largest and most modern stadiums at the time it was chosen to host two matches of the 1934 World Cup.
After World War 2, Italian stadiums named during the fascist era were changed to politically neutral, and Renato Dall’Ara became Stadio Comunale in 1945. In 1983 it was renamed in to Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in honour of Bologna’s much loved president who served the club for over 30 years between 1934 and 1964. He presided over the club’s most successful period which brought home five Serie A titles.
Selected as one of twelve venues for the 1990 World Cup, Stadio Renato Dall’Ara underwent significant renovation work in order to modernise the facilities including a new roof over the grandstand, better floodlights and refurbishment of the exterior façade. In total it hosted four matches including three matches of Group D and a round of 16 between England and Belgium.
Now used predominantly to host home matches of Bologna F.C, the ground occasionally hosts rugby matches such as three international test matches in 1995. Despite rumours of the club attempting to build a new stadium, nothing has yet to come to fruition which means Bologna are likely to remain at Renato Dall’Ara for the foreseeable future.
|Full Name:||Bologna Football Club 1909|
|Rivals:||Parma (Derby dell'Emilia), ACF Fiorentina, SPAL, AC Cesena, Modena|
|Team Colours:||Red and Blue|
|Nicknames:||I Rossoblù (The Red and Blues), I Veltri (The Greyhounds), I Felsinei (The Felsinians), I Petroniani (The Petronians)|
|Famous Players:||Roberto Baggio, Giuseppe Della Valle, Gianluca Pagliuca, Alessandro Diamanti, Marco Di Vaio|
|Famous Managers:||Siniša Mihajlović, Hermann Felsner, Árpád Weisz, Edmondo Fabbri, Roberto Donadoni|
|Team Owner:||Saputo Inc.|
|Team Goalscorer:||Angelo Schiavio (251)|
|Most Appearances:||Giacomo Bulgarelli (488)|
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara Seating Plan
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara Away Section
Away fans are housed within “Curva Ospiti” which is located within the south-west corner of the stadium. The area spans two sections of seating marked in the above seating map as A and B next to the newer main stand.
Best Pubs near ground
Compared to a lot of Italian stadiums, Stadio Renato actually has quite a few options when it comes to pre-match food and drinks with numerous restaurants boxing the ground in.
Towards the Northern Stand along Via Andrea Costa there are three Pizzerias which are popular with fans: Ristorante Pizzeria La Languouste, San Gennaro Pizzeria and Pizzeria Ciclope.
Towards the Curva Sud there are options along Via Porrettana with Trattoria Meloncello and Bar Pasticceria Minny being the two stand out choices.
Food - Places to eat
As you’re probably aware Bologna is the birthplace of Spaghetti Bolognese and the historic city has a proud culinary tradition, so it’s definitely worth making the effort to dine out somewhere nice if you’re making the visit.
Bologna Club Shop
Bologna’s official club shop is located at Via Andrea Costa 204 which is very close to the stadium – essentially on the main road behind the Curva Nord. It sells an abundance of Rossoblù merchandise.
- Monday: 3.30 pm- 7.30 pm
- Tuesday – Saturday: 9.30 am-12.30 pm and 3.30 pm -7.30 pm
- Sundays: Open when Bologna play at home.
Can you take a stadium Tour?
There are no tours available for Stadio Renato Dall’Ara which is unsurprising due to the lack of commercial suitability of the stadium. As we say with most Serie A clubs, if you get there early enough you can walk around the stadium and get a decent feel for what it’s like.
How to get to Stadio Renato Dall’Ara
Where is Stadio Renato Dall’Ara?
The Stadio is located less than 2.5 miles west of Bologna’s concentric circled city centre which makes it really easy to access using the standard range of transport options.
Bologna’s stadium address for satnav is as follows:
- Via Andrea Costa, 174, 40134 Bologna, Italy
Train - Public Transport
Bologna Centrale railway station is sandwiched between Milan and Florence’s high speed lines which gives the city great accessibility from around the peninsula.
Airports and Flying
The closest airport to the city is Guglielmo Marconi (Bologna) International which is 3.5 miles North of stadium and about 4 miles or so from the city centre.
Once you have arrived you can either get a shuttle known as the Aerobus BLQ service to the city/station or pay for a taxi which shouldn’t cost more than €20. Both journeys will take about 20 minutes.
Eventually the plan is to create a Marconi Express which is a monorail line which will link the airport to the Central railway station, but there’s no official word on the completion date.
Hotels Near Stadio Renato Dall’Ara
There is a real lack of hotels close to Dall’Ara but the city centre more than makes up for this with a superb range of choices such as The Alloro Suite Hotel (Budget), Hotel Centrale (Mid-range) and Millennhotel (Closest to station).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara?
Italian side Bologna play their home matches at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.
What is the capacity of Stadio Renato Dall’Ara?
As of 2023 Stadio Renato Dall’Ara has an official seating capacity of 31,070 for Football matches.
When was Stadio Renato Dall’Ara opened?
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara officially opened in 1927 and is home to Bologna
What is the postcode for Stadio Renato Dall’Ara?
The postcode for Stadio Renato Dall’Ara is 40134.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in 2023. Please visit the official website of Bologna for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.