“We will evaluate an Italy candidacy for the 2028 European Championship or the 2030 World Cup”. So, in recent days, Gabriele Gravina he reiterated his intention to nominate our country to host Europeans in programs in seven years. Today, UEFA has officially published the call for applications, indicating the requirements – in terms of capacity – that the stadiums of the candidates will have to meet.
Ten stadiums will be needed, Italy has plenty of them … Specifically, we indicate below the requests of UEFA. You will need:
– at least one stadium with a minimum net capacity of 60,000 seats. Italy has two: San Siro (current maximum capacity 75,923) and Olimpico di Roma (75,923),
– at least one stadium (preferably two) with a minimum net capacity of 50,000 seats. Italy has four: in addition to the two already mentioned, San Nicola (58,170) and Diego Armando Maradona (54,726);
– at least four stadiums with a minimum net capacity of 40,000 seats. Italy has six: in addition to the four already mentioned, the Artemio Franchi in Florence (43.147) and the Allianz Stadium (41.507);
– at least three stadiums with a minimum net capacity of 30,000 seats. Italy has fifteen at its disposal: in addition to the documents already mentioned, the San Filippo-Franco Scoglio (38.722), the Arechi (37.180), the Ferraris (36.599), the Dall’Ara (36.462), the Barbera (36.365 ), the Via Del Mare (31.533) and the Bentegodi (31.045).
… But many are to be redone. If the current capacity would not be a problem, a different argument could be raised above all for the palatability: in addition to being able to accommodate a certain number of fans, our stadiums must also be “beautiful” enough to beat the competition. But today we would stop even before arriving at this consideration. Because for example, considering that a total of at least six stadiums with at least 40,000 seats are needed and Italy has six in total, the FIGC should include the St. Nicholas of Bari, a viable and still used facility, but dilapidated and very far from the standards that it should have guaranteed from the moment of its construction. Paradigmatic, again, the case of San Filippo di Messina: on paper, the largest of the Italian stadiums that do not reach 40,000 seats. In fact, a cathedral in the desert returned to usable, in Serie C, only after the championship started. After all, the state of our systems is well known throughout Italy. Numbers in hand we could apply, but to be credible we will need a great job so far too often postponed. There is time: there are seven years to go. Given the large stadiums built or modernized in the same time frame from 2014 to today, it might be appropriate to say that there are only seven years left.