Continuing our Summer Stadium Postcards: One of TheStadiumBusiness team snapped these pix of Stadio Comunale L. Casini the home ground of Italy’s Serie D club Sporting Club Trestina, based in Umbria (regarded as Italy’s green garden province). What it lacks in facilities, it surely makes up for in character!
Trestina’s very own bianconeri chase their history back to club foundations in 1950. Today’s stadium is typical of many Serie C and Serie D facilities across the country – with chronic under-investment evident but a huge appetite and enthusiasm for the great game. Often volunteer-run, these teams and stadia are the grassroots foundation of the game’s success in Italy.
Despite the initial impression, the club has relatively new club offices and changing rooms to the far side of the pitch but the main grandstand is a relic of the 1960s, with a charming Sala Stampa (press box) at its heart!
Sustainable thinking in stadium operations is starting to take hold – with a large recycling point dominating the main spectator area. And the club was ahead of the game with the use of plant pots as up-cycled ashtrays and rubbish bins.
And if the club can get €12 per person per game, then ticket yields are reflecting the passion for the team, rather than the facilities.
Seen any interesting stadia this summer? Ping us a postcard to share the experience!!