Stadio Ennio Tardini named after one of the club’s former presidents (often simply called Il Tardini) is a football stadium based in the city centre based, home to Serie A side Parma F.C. The ground is the sixth oldest in Italy and was last renovated between 1990-1993.
Parma’s stadium dates back to the 1920s when the club in conjunction with the local council sought to construct a new Stadio Municipale. Spearheaded by Parma F.C President and Italian Lawyer Ennio Tardini, the club launched a national competition for the design of the new stadium in February 1922 offering up a prize of ₤10,000 to whoever came up with the winning idea.
Architect Ettore Leoni’s French and German inspired design which was said to borrow most of all from Lyon’s Stade de Gerland was eventually chosen, with construction work on Parma’s new stadium beginning on 26th December 1922. Sadly Ennio Tardini died a month before the stadium was completed in September 1923, and thus Stadio Municipale was renamed in honour of the ground’s catalyst.
Stadio Ennio Tardini underwent slight renovations throughout the 20th century including the addition of an Athletics track in 1935 and its removal once again in the 1980s. The capacity peaked at around 13,500 until Parma were promoted to Serie A in 1990 which at the time required all stadiums in the league to have a minimum capacity of 30,000, and subsequently the majority of stands were rebuilt.
Bankrolled by Italian multi-national company Parmalat in the 1990s until it went bankrupt in 2003, Parma had the necessary funds to rebuild the north, south and main stands, with the club’s owners even exploring the feasibility of constructing a brand new stadium in Baganzola outside of Parma. When Parmalat encountered excessive red tape they instead decided to renovate and the fill the corners to maximise the limited space.
Below is a seating plan of Parma F.C.’s Stadio Ennio Tardini:
Il Tardini is comprised of four stands: Curva Nord (6,500), Tribuna Est (2,635), Curva Sud (4,859) and Tribuna Centrale Petitot (7,178).
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.
The Matchday Experience
Fans from across the world will have been introduced to the stadium in the 1990s when Parma assembled a superb team, winning a glut of trophies including 2 x UEFA Cups, 2 X Coppa Italias and even finishing runners up in Serie A, narrowly losing out to the ever controversial Juventus by 2 points. Under Parmalat’s ownership of the club the ground’s size increased from 13,500 to 29,050 in the space of a decade and it has often been described as quintessentially English.
Consisting of four unique stands and a lack of athletics track which gives it a similar distance from the pitch as Stadio Luigi Ferraris, views from inside Ennio Tardini are decent and fans create a lively atmosphere on matchdays. As one of the oldest grounds in Italy (The 6th oldest to be precise), the facilities are unashamedly old fashioned with 2 games called off in reason seasons due to lack of adequate roofing for spectators during bouts of torrential rainfall.
Away supporters making the trip to Parma’s stadium are housed within the Curva Sud (Settore Ospiti) with the standard allocation of tickets said to be set at 2,500 per match. Traditionally this section of the ground was shared with the home supporters, however since the accidental death of a Vicenza fan in 2009 who fell from the back of the stand, it has been used to solely house the visiting fans.
Although Parma F.C were cleared of any wrongdoing, the club have continued to renovate sections of the ground with €830,000 spent in the Summer of 2010 to improve safety above and beyond current guidelines. Visiting supporters are now generally located within the large central block between the two corners which means views of the pitch are decent, with close proximity to the pitch and unrestricted views throughout.
Located just outside the city centre which is located on the banks of the river Parma, you can easily grab a few pints in the city centre before making your way to the stadium in time for kick-off. The nearby University of Parma helps to set the demand for bars and there’s a reasonable number scatted around the local area just waiting to be discovered.
There isn’t much happening at the stadium food and drink wise with the immediate environs being residential in nature. This means if you want a pre or postmatch dining experience of Parma Ham and Parmesan Cheese, you’re better off looking around Parma’s historic city centre or even your hotel’s restaurant – assuming it has one.
There is an official Parma Emporium inside Tribuna Petitot just as you enter the main piazza of the ground which sells a massive range of Official FC Parma merchandise. Originally designed as a meeting place for the whole spectrum of I Gialloblù (The yellow and blues) fans, it has since transformed into a mini museum of sorts with memorabilia from the clubs history tastefully displayed to the general public.
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 2.00 pm – 8.00pm
- Monday, Thursday, Sunday – Closed with the exception of matchdays.
For more information about opening times or anything else feel free to phone the store on +39 0521.505212 or send an email to [email protected]
With the club having relocated their main offices and administrative function to the Centro Sportivo di Collecchio on the 16th December 2011 and the fact that Italian stadiums aren’t on the same commercial level as their English counterparts, fans will be disappointed to know that there is no official tour available for the Ennio Tardini.
This may however change in the future with rumours of a €200 million reconstruction project which would see the ground encompass a shopping centre, car park, cinema and gym facilities just like Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium. If they’re offering these commercial activities, then I can’t see why they wouldn’t incorporate something football related such as a tour.
Tickets to see Parma in action can be purchased via the expected channels such as online, at the stadium’s club shop in the weeks leading up to the match and from the many Tobacconists/Newsagents throughout the city.
Ticket Prices 2014/2015
- Tribuna Petitot: €50.00 – €100.00
- Tribuna Est: €40.00
- Curva Nord: €15.00
- Curva Sud (Settore Ospiti): €15.00
Note: For high-profile matches which English fans might call “Category A” games there is usually a €10.00 euro price increase to offset the extra demand, with tickets starting at €25.00 and going anywhere up to €150.00 for the best seats in the house.
The Ennio Tardini stadium is less than 1 kilometre away from Via Nazario Sauro which is essentially the city centre. The city’s infrastructure was praised during Italy’s failed Euro 2016 bid which means matchday travel should be easy enough.
The majority of drivers will be arriving from the A1 motorway Autostrada del sole (The longest in Italy…) which runs down the spine of Italy, connecting Milan with Naples via Bologna, Florence and Rome. Take the exit to Parma and proceed to follow signs to the city’s ring road, Tangenziale, and exit at the Via Mantova road, following signs for the Stadium.
The address for satnav is as follows:
- Stadio Ennio Tardini, Viale Partigiani D’Italia, 1, 43123 Parma PR, Italy
There isn’t any parking available at the stadium to the general public on matchdays which means you can either get there early and contend with street parking or find a parking garage in the city centre.
The railway train station of the city is Stazione di Parma which forms part of the Milan-Bologna railway with 4 tracks in total. Unfortunately there are no connecting trains or indeed train-stations near Ennio Tardini which means you will either have to walk to ground or catch a bus.
The walk from the station to the stadium will take you 30 minutes but is pleasant enough as Parma like a lot of Italian city’s is full of character and history on ever street.
Buses number 8 and 9 take fans of I crociati straight from the train station to Stadio in no more than 15 minutes, making it the easiest and most convenient way of travelling to Parma’s home games.
Note: They depart approximately every 30 minutes.
Aeroporti di Parma known as Parma “Giuseppe Verdi” Airport is located in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, halfway between Bologna/Milan and only 1.5 miles Northwest of the city centre. The airport lacks its own train station meaning that you will either have to get a taxi or bus to get to the stadium/city.
The main bus is No 6 which costs €1.20 euros with an additional 80 cents fee if you purchase the ticket on the bus rather than from a vendor before boarding.
There are lots of hotels to choose from in Parma with everything from cheap to expensive. As Stadio Ennio Tardini is less than a mile away from the city, there are no locational advantages to booking a hotel within its environs – not that there are actually any hotels nearby as it is. My three picks would be Hotel Button which has decent reviews, Hotel Torino for the football connection and Astoria Residence hotel which is right next door to the Stazione for a quick getaway the next day.