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Revamped Venezia stadium ready for Serie A bow

Newly-promoted Serie A football club Venezia will play its first home match of the season this weekend, after necessary upgrades were carried out at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo.

Venezia has been forced to play the first three matches of the season away from home while its stadium was being upgraded.

Venezia announced yesterday that the Penzo will reopen for Sunday’s match against Spezia and the club thanked the city mayor, local authorities and the suppliers involved in carrying out the upgrades.

The work is the first phase of a two-year project and included the expansion of the Curva and Distinti areas of the stadium. The upgrades also include a new lighting system, audio system, hospitality area, turnstiles and security filters.

Extra seats have also been added in the central grandstand of the stadium, while a new video surveillance system has been fitted. Other features include the refurbishment of the Penzo’s natural-grass pitch, refurbishment of bars and refreshment stands, new emergency exits, a revamp of the external façade of the stadium, new media areas, refurbished changing rooms and new toilets.

The Penzo will open at 50% capacity for Sunday’s match against Spezia, in line with league regulations. The upgrades to the stadium, which now has a capacity of around 10,000, were carried out in just 100 days.

Venezia has not played in Serie A since 2002.

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