Today marks the second birthday of the Juventus Stadium. The stadium has only been standing two years but these two years have been filled with great memories and thankfully not very many disappointments. The stadium has definitely pushed the club forward and shows the ambition of the great Juventus Football Club.
Before the new J Stadium the Bianconeri played at the Stadio Delle Alpi and shared the ground with neighbours Torino. The Stadio Delle Alpi was built for the 1990 World Cup. Despite being a beautiful stadium not many supporters liked it due to the running track that surrounded the pitch which meant that the supporters were a long distance from the pitch. This factor meant that despite being the most supported team in Italy they were never filling up the 67,000 capacity but in 2003 the fans rejoiced as Juventus announced that they had bought the stadium off of the council. In November 2008 the club announced that they would build a state of the art stadium on the original site of the Stadio Delle Alpi. The project cost Juventus €120 million in all but it was definitely worth the money and it was finished on the 8th of September 2011. The Juventus Stadium has downsized from the Stadio Delle Alpi holding only 41,000 but the fans impact is definitely ten times better. The main problem with the Stadio Delle Alpi was the distance from the pitch to fans and Juve have definitely fixed this problem with fans sitting just 7.5 metres away from the pitch and the fans happiness has shown as in the old stadium it was never filled up whereas in the new J Stadium it has filled up many many times with its record crowd capacity being 40,823. It has not only held many great fans but also many great memories and none other than two consecutive Serie A's being lifted in the centre of the pitch. Not only have Juventus fans noticed the greatness of this stadium but also the whole footballing world as the UEFA Europa League Final will be held in the home of Juventus.
After touring the stadium I have to say it is definitely spectacular and by far the best stadium I have ever visited and I have visited a lot of stadiums. The stadium for me is a huge part of Juventus and being the only club owned stadium in Italy it gives the club a great sense of pride. It has been the host of many great memories and I am sure it will be hosts to many more memories in the future.
Happy Birthday Juventus Stadium
Highlights from the first ever game at the Juventus Stadium