Stadio Guido Biondi is a 5,334 capacity multi-purpose football stadium located in the town of Lanciano which is in the “Greenest region in Europe”, Abruzzo. Home to S.S. Virtus Lanciano 1924, the ground was renovated in 2012 after achieving promotion to Serie B for the first in the 2011-2012 season.
Stadio Guido Biondi first opened in 1961 after a construction period of around a year, and was initially referred to as both Stadio Comunale Lanciano or just Stadio Municipale. After the ex-Catania footballer Guido Biondi died of cancer in 1999, the stadium was renamed in his honour despite the fact the 46 year old was only born locally and had never officially played for Lanciano.
Owned by the city of Lanciano, Stadio Guido Biondi is a multi-purpose sports venue, and it famously features a velodrome around the perimeter of the pitch, rather than the customary athletics track. Similar to Stadio Franco Ossola in this regard, the ground is oval-shaped, and subsequently lacks the same intimacy of other rectangular shaped stadiums In Italy such Luigi Ferraris and Stadio Mapei.
Little renovation work occurred at the Guido Biondi until Virtus Lanciano earned promotion to Serie B in the 2011/2012 season after defeating both Siracusa and Trapani Calcio in the play-offs. As this would be the first time in the club’s history that they would be playing in Serie B the stadium required large-scale refurbishment.
As Virtus Lanciano had limited time in the off-season to upgrade the stadium in-line with league regulations, the club were forced to ground-shared Pescara’s Stadio Adriatico at the start of the season. The first game at the newly renovated Stadio Guido Biondi was subsequently held on the 20th October 2012, although it resulted in a disappointing 3-nil defeat against Empoli.
Fully modernised in line with other similar sized Italian Stadiums in Serie B, Stadio Guido Biondi is now fully equipped to host football matches for the foreseeable future.
Stadio Guido Biondi is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.