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Hellas Verona (Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi)

Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi

Capacity: 39,211
Club Nickname: Gialloblu (The Yellow and Blues)
Year Opened: 1963
Pitch Size: 105m x 67m
Address: Piazzale Olimpia, 2, 37138 Verona VR, Italy
Phone: +39 045 818 6111
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Blue and yellow
Last Update : 16th January 2024

What is Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi like?

Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi is the home of Hellas Verona and has been open since 1963.

The stadium underwent various upgrades and redevelopments in 1989 as it was selected to host matches in the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The renovations included improved public transport and visibility, as well as an additional tier and roof to cover all four stands of the ground. As well as this, solar panels were installed on the roof of the stadium in 2009.

Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi is dedicated to Marcantonio Bentegodi, who invested heavily in Veronese sport in the 19th century.

What is Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi’s capacity?

With a capacity of 39,211, Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi is the seventh-biggest stadium in Italy. However, for Hellas Verona home matches, the clubs are only permitted to have a maximum of 31,045 fans inside the stadium due to security regulations.

Hellas Verona capacity
The capacity of Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi is significantly reduced for Hellas Verona matches due to safety regulations – Photo by Icon Sport

Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi – 1990 FIFA World Cup host stadium

Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi held four games in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, including all three of Belgium’s group stage matches. Belgium won two out of their group matches, with the wins coming against South Korea and Uruguay before they lost against Spain.

The final match that Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi hosted in this World Cup was the Round of 16 match between Spain and Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia ran out 2-1 winners after extra-time, thanks to a brace by Dragan Stojković.

Stadium tours at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi

As of today, stadium tours at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi do not exist due to the stadium’s old-fashioned infrastructure, as well as a lack of recognition of the commercial aspects of modern football.

You can walk around the stadium and view it from the outside on non-matchdays and if you’re lucky, you can have a sneaky look inside the empty ground if the ground staff working at the stadium allow you to do so.

Matchday tickets at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi

Matchday tickets can be purchased at the Bentegodi stadium ticket office or on Vivaticket sales points and on the Hellas Verona website.

Ticket prices vary in each of the four stands, with tickets available on matchday as both Hellas Verona rarely sell out. The tickets go on general sale at Vivaticket a week before the match, and there will be plenty of seats available.

Tickets in the Tribuna (West) cost between €40-€100, while in the Tribuna (East) it costs €30-€60. Meanwhile, in the Curva Sud, tickets cost €25 and away fans located in the Curva Nord must pay €20 for a matchday ticket.

You can find this information and purchase tickets here at Hellas Verona’s club website.

How to get to Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi

Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi is less than two miles west of Verona’s historic city centre, so even if you’re on a family or romantic trip, you can find time to visit the home of Veronese football.

If you plan to go to the stadium by car, you should take exit Verona Nord when driving on motorway A22. Take this exit and follow the football symbols with ‘Stadio’ written on them, and you will reach the stadium within a few minutes. There are numerous car parks around the surrounding roads near the ground. The most advisable parking spots for first-time fans are the Parcheggio Stadio Verona and Via Luigi Negrelli.

Fans who decide to use public transport can reach the stadium from the main railway station (Verona Porta Nuova). From this station, it takes less than 15 minutes to walk to the ground. Fans can also walk to the ground from the Piazza Bra square, which takes less than half an hour.

Buses 11,12 and 13 connect Piazza Bra and the main railway station to the ground. Fans can take bus 11 towards Chievo/Corno, bus 12 towards Borgo Nuevo, or bus 13 in the direction of Croce Bianca. It is worth noting that on Sundays and holidays, these buses are not available, so fans should take line 90 and 95 to get off at stop Stadio.

Hellas Verona have some useful information on stadium access and gate entries for fans on matchday. You can find this information here.

What is Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi like for visiting and away fans?

Away fans are located in the upper two sections of the Curva Nord, which is behind the goal and opposite the Hellas Verona ultras situated in the Curva Sud.

The lower tier of the Curva Nord was recently closed due to safety regulations, meaning the away allocation has been reduced.

Travel advice is the same for away fans. Getting to the main railway station of the city and taking the short walk to the ground from here is advisable, however, as already mentioned there are plenty of car parks near the stadium for home and away fans. Buses 11, 12 and 13 are also a valid option. It is worth noting that all three of these bus lines pass the main railway station, Verona Porta Nuova.

Bars and restaurants to visit near Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi

There aren’t too many pubs in and around the stadium. However, when you look close enough, there are some hidden gems for fans to explore on a matchday. The Zanzi Bar is a popular matchday destination for fans near the stadium, where you can drink beers, cocktails, or even a coffee. It is well-known that the Brigate Gialloblù, the ultras group of Hellas Verona, used to gather here before matches. The pub contains numerous Verona stickers and is designated as a hotspot for home fans to gather.

Other matchday spots include the Osteria Riki. The food is extremely popular at this restaurant because of its quality and affordability. Fans also gather here before matches for a couple of pre-match pints. On non-matchdays, the restaurant is much quieter and is filled with Hellas Verona shirts and memorabilia.

Via Leonardi Da Vinci is a popular pizza spot for fans near the ground, as well as the Piazalle Olimpia Road, which has a few pubs where fans can drink, including Bar Bentegodi located behind the Curva Sud.

Fans should also take time to visit Bar Hellas, which is a coffee shop dedicated to Hellas Verona with the blue and yellow colours of the team decorated across the shop.

Hotels to stay at near Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi

There are plenty of hotels to stay in near Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, especially given its proximity to Verona city centre.

Hotel Martini is a popular choice because of its modern rooms and buffet breakfast included in your stay. It is also only a ten-minute walk to the ground.

Hotel Porta Palio is a good option if you’re wanting to stay in a B&B. This is slightly further away than Hotel Martini, however it has a lot of good reviews for its comfortability and proximity to both the ground and the Verona city centre.

It is worth saying that there are various hotel options in the city centre. If you are looking to do some tourism before and after watching the football, then staying in one of the many hotels in the city centre would be preferable.

Who are Hellas Verona’s rivals?

Chievo Verona were Hellas Verona’s main rivals before Chievo’s dissolution as a club in 2021. The intercity derby was known as the ‘Derby Della Scala,’ a reference to the Della Scala family, nicknamed the Scaligeri, who ruled Verona during the 13th and 14th century. In the 2001/02 season, both teams played in Serie A, which was the first time ever.

Vicenza are also huge rivals to Hellas Verona. The Veneto Derby is a fierce derby with many Serie A games played between the teams. The rivalry dates back to political disputes between the two cities in the Middle Ages. The last game played between the two teams was in May 2017, when Hellas Verona won 3-2 in Serie B.

Hellas Verona also have rivalries with Brescia and Venezia AC, as well as a dislike among supporters of clubs such as Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan.

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Juventus have won their last four head to head matches against Hellas Verona – Photo by Icon Sport

Disabled facilities at Hellas Verona

An accreditation system is in place for people with disabilities at Hellas Verona. An application for accreditation to access the stadium free of charge with an accompanying person must be made up to three days before a match. The application must include a valid ID, a certificate certifying 100% disability, the accompanying person’s ID, a duly completed form and an email or telephone number.

Disabled fans can also apply for seasonal accreditation through the same application system. This must be completed at least five days before the start of the season.

To gain access to the stadium, disabled fans must go to gate number 14 of the stadium with the authorized accreditation and accompanying person.

Read more about disability access and facilities here.

Hellas Verona fixture list

Hellas Verona fixture list

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