Key facts

Club: US Lecce | Opening: 1966 | Capacity: 33,876 seats

History and description

Stadio Via Del Mare opened on the 11th of September 1966 with a friendly between Lecce and Spartak Moscow. The stadium replaced Lecce’s old Stadio Carlo Pranzo.

Stadio Via Del Mare could initially only hold 16,000 spectators and had a rectangular shape. Its capacity was increased in 1976 with a further 4,500 places.

The stadium underwent a major redevelopment in 1985 when Lecce promoted to the Serie A. Both curves and parts of the lateral stands got completely rebuilt, resulting in a capacity of 55,000 places.

Though the stadium fulfilled all requirements to host matches during the 1990 World Cup, in the end was chosen to build a brand new stadium in nearby Bari.

Over the years, capacity of Stadio Via del Mare has been gradually reduced due to safety measures, first to about 40,000 and later to its present capacity.

Getting there

Stadio Via Del Mare is located on the north-eastern edge of the small city of Lecce, slightly over 3 kilometres from the city centre and 4.5 kilometres from the train station.

The stadium lies just inside Lecce’s ring road (Tangenziale). Take exit 7a. The stadium will be signposted from the exit.

Address: Via del Mare, 73100 Lecce

Tickets

Tickets for Lecce games can be bought at the Lottomatica sales outlets, or at the stadium on the day of the match. Lecce practically never sells out.

The Lottomatica outlets at the Via Imperatore Adriano 31, Via dell’Università 97, Viale Otranto 74, and the Via Palumbo Pietro 10 are some that lie in or close to the  city centre.

Ticket prices typically range from €9.00 for a seat at one of the curves to €50.00 for a central seat at the main stand.

For more information email biglietteria@uslecce.it.

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Relevant Internet links

Uslecce.it – Official website of US Lecce.
Viaggiareinpuglia.it – Tourism information for the Puglia region.