Stadio Libero Liberati is a multi-purpose stadium located in the central region of Umbria within the city of Terni. Used primarily for the football fixtures of local team Ternana Calcio, Liberati first opened in 1969 and today has a decent-sized capacity of 22,000.
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Stadio Libero Liberati was officially inaugurated on 24th August 1969 with a friendly match between Ternana Calcio and Brazilian side Palmeiras after a long construction period of eight years. Designed by engineer Leopoldo Barruchello, the stadium’s three-tiered structure made it one of the most architecturally impressive stadiums of its day, although it wasn’t quite as its contemporaries Stadio San Paolo and Stadio Bentegodi.
Owned by the city and municipality of Terni, the stadium was originally envisioned as a a multi-purpose sports arena. Perhaps seen as being cost-effective at the time, the athletics track has since been removed as the stadium has predominantly been used to host the football matches of Ternana Calcio since opening.
The stadium is named after Libero Liberati who was a famous motorcycle racer who became the 1957 Grand Prix World Champion. Born locally in the city of Terni, the man known as the “The Knight of Steel” died after crashing into a section of wall whilst training in 1962. The fact that it is very rare for grounds to be named after a non-footballer in Italy is testament to his enduring popularity in the city.
After Ternana Calcio earned promotion back to Serie B at the end of the 2011/2012 season along with S.S Virtus Lanciano, Stadio Libero Liberati underwent a programme of significant modernisation. The stands were remodelled from three tiers into two at a cost of €3 million euros, and the distance between the pitch was diminished due to the addition of lower sections of seating.
€8 million euros worth of further work was green-lighted by the local council over a two year period, and the work subsequently began in September 2012. The stands were retrofitted with modern plastic seats, and the capacity was set at a comfortable 17,460. A more durable blend of synthetic and natural grass was also installed on the pitch at an estimated € 600,000 euros.