Stadio Ennio Tardini


Europe, Italy, Parma

Stadio Ennio Tardini, commonly referred to as just Il Tardini, is a football stadium in Parma, Italy, located near the centre of Parma, between the town centre and the city walls. It is currently the home of Parma F.C.. The stadium was built in 1923 and was named after one of Parma's former presidents, Ennio Tardini. The stadium is the nineteenth largest football stadium in Italy and the second largest in Emilia–Romagna with a capacity of 27,906 spectators, although Il Tardini is presently only authorised to admit 22,885. The stadium is the sixth oldest Italian football ground still in use. The ground underwent significant expansion under the ownership of Parmalat in the 1990s, as the ground's seating capacity was increased from around 13,500 to 29,050. Relegation to Serie B reduced the capacity to 27,906 although only 22,885 are authorised to enter for all-seater events and even those seats are very seldom all sold. Future expansion plans were made public in Italy's eventually unsuccessfully bid for Euro 2016 and would have made the permanent capacity of the stadium 31,397. Because the Italian national football team has no home football stadium, home matches are rotated around the country and the Tardini has been used for several international fixtures since its expansion. Rugby Parma F.C. also called the stadium home for much of its early existence, including its most successful period in the 1950s, before a move to the Stadio Fratelli Cervi in the next decade. In the late 2000s, the increasing popularity of rugby union in Italy meant that current ground Stadio Flaminio was becoming less viable as a home ground for Italy and the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa and the Tardini were suggested as alternative grounds as they are in Northern Italy where rugby is more popular. Recently-announced improvements to the Flaminio have increased the likelihood that rugby will stay there.