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Stadio Olimpico (Rome)

Team: Lazio and Roma
Capacity: 72,698
Built: 1910
City: Rome

This stadium is Rome’s second Coliseum. Since its construction in 1910 it has been a venue for all manner of events, from Fascist rallies, to Olympic Games, to World Cup Finals. Primarily it is home to arguably the fiercest football rivalry in world football and one of the most passionate derby games on the planet. This is fought out between Lazio and Roma.

The stadium itself has had many facelifts, most notably in 1960 when it was transformed to host the Olympic Games and in 1990 when the stadium was almost entirely rebuilt was for the World Cup Finals. In 2008 changes were again made to improve the stadium to allow it to be classified as one of UEFA’s elite stadiums. This makes the venue perfect for the explosive Derby della Capitale in which Roma and Lazio fight it out to being pride of the city.

It is more important for many fans for their team to win the derby rather than the Scudetto. The derby normally involves fireworks choreographed flag movements and an intense noise level. However, it has also been the scene of violence, racism and extreme Ultra Groups such as Lazio’s infamous Irriducibili and Roma’s Commando Ultra Curva Sud.

During the rest of the season these groups do make sure that the stadium is still an intimidating place to go for away teams, however they are constantly struggling against low attendances in their vast arena. In 2010/11 Roma averaged and attendance of 33,952 whilst Lazio only managed an average of 29,122.

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