Whilst in Italy for the end of the Giro d’italia, I managed to get a morning to visit some of the football stadiums of Verona.
My two targets were Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi (home of Hellas Verona and Chievo then a bus across town to the home of Seria D team Vitus Verona – the Gavagnin Sports complex.
I started in the morning at Stadio Bentegodi, but could not get in but did manage to get some pictures of the outside of this impressive arena that was used for the 1990 World Cup.
I spotted some other floodlights and found myself at the 3,000 place Olivieri Stadium, home of the Verona ladies team, but a locked gate and a Travellers’ site made getting any closer impossible.
I did manage to get onto the pitch at tow further locations, a pitch that was right next to the main stadium – guess used by the Hellas reserve team and around the corner was a further sports complex used by the junior Hellas teams and shred with the HQ of a local Alpine Mountaineering club.
The disappointments of not getting into the main stadium was soon forgotten when I got to Vitus Verona, an open gate and I was able to even get on the pitch plus gain access to next door baseball ground and rugby pitch.
It was here that I noticed a match poster for a youth tournament that was to have the final played that evening back at the Stadio Bentegodi.
So a few hours later I found myself one a few hundred fans in a large stadium watching the final of a schoolboy tournament - great end to a good day but what I would say is the stadium was far more shoddier looking from the inside than the outside.