The Stadio delle Alpi , located in Turin , Italy ,was home stadium for both Juventus FC and Torino FC from 1990 till 2006 . The stadium has been demolished and now both teams are playing their home matches at Stadio Olimpico . Hopefully a new stadium will be opened in its place in 2011 . Delle Alpi record attendance was 65,377, set during a UEFA Cup tie between Torino and Ajax on 29 April, 1992 .
Design & Construction
Stadio delle Alpi was designed by architect Studio Hutter and built in 1990 to host matches for the 1990 World Cup as a replacement for the aging Stadio Comunale . The stadium’s original capacity was 69,041 fans. It was originally intended to be used for football and athletics , but was never used for a major athletic events .
The Stadio delle Alpi was very rarely sold out in its history. In 2003, Juventus bought the Stadio delle Alpi from the council of Turin for a fee of around €25 million.
The Delle Alpi’s design has been widely criticized due to the poor visibility caused by the distance between the stands and the pitch. This is because of the athletics track which was constructed around the outside of the pitch.
The stadium’s location on the outskirts of town also upset the fans , and of course the stadium was not closed that meant the spectators were left exposed to the elements. The poor visibility has led to extraordinarily low attendances. For example, in the Coppa Italia home match against Sampdoria in the 2001-2002 season, only 237 spectators showed up.
Stadio delle Alpi has been demolished with plans for a 40,000-seater venue , restaurants ,and other facilities outside the ground. The new grounds of the stadium is expected to cover around 50,000 square meters. The stadium has been completely demolished as of February 2009. A movable roof will cover the new seats and underground services will integrate the complex.
This work will be followed by the construction of a big commercial pavilion , down as one quarter segment of the stadium. A new Juventus training centre will also be built next to the stadium . Work for this exciting new project started in late November and hopefully will be completed prior to the 2011/12 season.
Delle Alpi Facts
Location – Turin, Italy
Built- 1998 , 1990
Closed – 2006
Demolished – 2009
Architect – Studio Hutter
Capacity – 69,000
Field dimensions – 105 m × 68 m
Tenants – Torino & Juventus (1990–2006)