Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Stadio Renato Dall'Ara

Key facts

Club: Bologna FC | Opening: 1927 | Capacity: 38,279 seats

History and description

Stadio Renato Dall’Ara was built in the mid 1920s. It officially opened on the 29th of May 1927 with a friendly between the national teams of Italy and Spain (2-0).

The stadium was initially called Il Littoriale and could hold 50,100 spectators. It already looked very similar to today’s stadium.

In the 1960s, plans were made for the construction of a new and larger stadium outside of the city, but these were finally abandoned.

After the War, the stadium had already changed names to Stadio Comunale, and in 1983 it was renamed to Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, in honour of a former president of the club.

Stadio Renato Dall’Ara was selected as one of the playing venues of the 1990 World Cup, and for this got extensively refurbished and slightly further expanded.

During the World Cup, the stadium hosted three group matches and the round of 16 match between England and Belgium (1-0).

Getting there

Stadio Renato Dall’Ara is located in the west of Bologna at about 3 kilometres from Bologna’s historic city centre and slightly more from the city’s central railway station.

If coming by car from the A1 (north or south), follow for Bologna and the A14 Ancona. From the A14, take exit 2 toward Bologna and follow for Bologna Centro. From there follow the signs for Stadio.

If using public transport, one can take bus 21 from the central railway station. Take the bus in the direction of Filanda and get off at stop Stadio. Buses leave several times an hour and the ride takes about 17 minutes. One can also catch bus 21 from the Via Marconi at the western side of the historic city centre.

An alternative from the historic city centre is to catch bus 14 from the Via Rizzoli. Take the bus in the direction of Piazza Giovanni XXIII and get off at stop Stadio. The journey takes just under 15 minutes and buses run many times an hour.

Address: Via Andrea Costa 174, 40134 Bologna

Eat, drink, and sleep

Stadio Renato is located in a not unpleasant urban neighbourhood, which mainly consists of apartment blocks. It won’t be too hard to find something to eat near the stadium, there are several local restaurants on the Via Andrea Costa and Via Saragozza, but needless to say that Bologna’s splendid historic centre offers many more options.

Bed in Bo is the only hotel located at close distance of Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, but various hotels on the western edge of Bologna’s historic centre are also still at walking distance. These include the likes of Best Western Hotel Re Enzo, Hotel Muà, and Palazzo Trevi Charming House.

Click here for an overview of hotels near Stadio Renato Dell’Ara.


Tickets for Bologna games can be bought online via Lisclick, at the branches of local bank Emilbanca, or via one of the selected sales outlets (pdf).

These sales points include one at the Via delle Moline 11 in Bologna’s historic centre and one at the Via Andrea Costa 84 near Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

Tickets can also be bought on the gate on the day of the match. Bologna hardly ever sell out.

Ticket prices depend on the opposition. Expect to pay between €18.00 and €90.00 for a low-profile match, and between €25.00 and €110.00 for the likes of Juventus and the Milan clubs.

You can find a seating map here. For more information email



Relevant Internet links – Official website of Bologna FC. – Official tourism website for the city of Bologna. – Bologna public transport information.

   Reviews (1)

  1. Darren Pryer says:

    Great stadium,for any England fan,this is where David Platt scored his memorable Italia 90 Goal against Belgium.
    As a Fan of italian football,can be a bit big for BFC these days but can really rock on the Curva Andrea Costa.
    Definitely worth a visit now the Rossoblu are back in A

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