Stadium of the Week: Head-to-head Guiseppe Meazza Stadium vs Stadio Olimpico

24 June 2020

Giuseppe Meazza
Photo: PA Images Stadium Guiseppe Meazza at the start of the Champions Leagie final during the UEFA Champions League final match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016.

This is the 2nd ‘Stadium of the Week’, a new weekly feature to compare the stadiums of two clubs in an upcoming European fixture.  It is a collaboration between Off The Pitch and Buro Happold.

The Guiseppe Meazza Stadium and Stadio Olimpico are massive stadiums with over 80,000 and 72,000 seats respectively. However, despite their size and recognisability they both score poorly in the overall rankings, coming in at 37th and 66th respectively.

This is perhaps why both stadiums generally score high in fan surveys asking "which European stadiums are most in need of redevelopment."

Stadio Olimpico performs particularly badly in the Experience category. This is largely due to the poor view metrics as a result of the running track which increases the distance between the spectators and the pitch, and creates shallow viewing angles.

Many of these metrics also translate to the impact on the pitch, i.e. the potential influence on the players.  Our assessment of sound levels around the penalty spot showed Stadio Olimpico below Goodison Park, despite the fact that it is twice the size.

Andy Pottinger, Venue Design Director, Buro Happold