Discovering the Bentegodi

In just over 50 years the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi Stadium has had a remarkable stadium, football related or not.

On 23rd May 2000 there was the first (and so far only) play-off for a place in the following season's Champions League. Marcello Lippi's Inter Milan faced Alberto Malesani's Parma. The Nerazzurri won 3-1 with two goals from Roberto Baggio and one from Ivan Zamorano, Mario Stanic scoring for Parma.

After his debut for Italy on the 16th November 1988 against Holland (won 1-0), Roberto Baggio scored his first goal for Italy in the friendly against Uruguay on 22nd April 1989, which ended 1-1. The match was held for the 90th anniversary of the FIGC and it was the first of Baggio's 27 goals for the national side.

The stadium has two nicknames in Italy: il Stadio del 40 mila (the 40,000 stadium, which reflects the number of spectators it can hold), and the Stadio del Miliardo (the Billion stadium, referring to the amount of money put aside for its construction).

The Italian rugby side played a match at the stadium on 13th November 2010, against Argentina who won 22-16. The first rugby match however was in the 1996-97 season when Benetton Treviso defeated Milan 34-29 in the title decider.

The Bentegodi Stadium has the largest photovoltaic installation of any Italian sports stadium, and one of Europe's largest: 13,000 panels covering 9,591.1 square metres and a 999 kWp capacity.

Various Italian and foreign starts have performed in concert at the Bentegodi: the biggest year was 1993 when Bruce Springsteen (11th April) was followed three months later by two nights of U2 supported by Pearl Jam (2nd and 3rd July).

Pope John Paul II celebrated a Mass of Beatification on Sunday, 17th April 1988 in front of 47,000 people, 40 cardinals and bishops and about 1,000 priests. Pope Benedict XVI visited the stadium on Thursday, 19th October 2006 for the fourth Italian church convention.

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