Stadium Hop #8 – Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi
Stadium Name: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi
Club(s): AC Chievo Verona (sharing the stadium with Hellas Verona F.C.)
Nickname: I Gialloblu (The Yellow and Blues) & I Mussi Volanti (The Flying Donkeys)
Colours: Yellow and Blue
Date: 22nd December 2018
Teams: AC Chievo Verona vs Internazionale | 1-1
Competition: Serie A
An Overview of AC Chievo Verona
AC Chievo Verona is a professional football club based in Chievo, a 4,500 inhabitat suburb in the beautiful city of Verona. The club was initially founded in 1929 by a group of locals. At the time, it was just an amateur team competing only in small local tournaments. Two years later, the club took part in their first official league.
The club took many twists and turns, but 70 years after their first official appearance, they made it to the top tier of Italian football. Chievo’s debut in the Serie A came in the 2001/2002 season, which they unexpectedly finished in 5th place. This was a surprise to many, as the team was one of those certainly tipped for relegation that season.
The following season, Chievo Verona made their debut at European level. They bowed out pretty early as they lost their tie in the first round of the Uefa Cup against the Serbian’s Red Star Belgrade.
Chievo had some big names playing for the club down the years like Andrea Barzagli, Simone Pepe, Michael Bradley, Gelson Fernandes, Amauri and Sergio Pellissier. The latter made a total of 496 apps in 19 years playing for the club, scoring 134 goals.
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi
At the time of writing, Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi is ranked as the seventh largest stadium in Italy in terms of capacity. The stadium is situated in Verona and hosts the two major clubs in the city – AC Chievo Verona and Hellas Verona FC. It was built in 1963 and considered as a state of the art facility at the time. Back then, the stadium only consisted of two tiers, totally uncovered from all the natural elements.
The stadium was utilized for four matches during the 1990 Fifa World Cup. Lately, they saw a bid rejected to host the 2016 European Championship, a disappointing event which saw the stadium lose a 40 million euro cheque to renovate the stadium.
Just Before the Stadium Hop…
Verona is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! Take a day or more to simmer in the city, even just by walking around. It’s got a unique feeling to it, rather different than other Italian cities. An iconic spot is the Romeo and Juliet’s Balcony, featured in the classic tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Should you be lucky enough to visit in December, a few metres away from that lies an amazing Christmas market. It’s definitely one of the prettiest we’ve been to so far.
The city is also home to the Verona Arena, an amphitheatre built by the Romans during the first century. It’s very well preserved and still used nowadays. In fact, it’s scheduled to be used for the closing ceremony of the 2026 winter Olympics in Italy.
Hottest Games To Attend
Erm… What’s a hotter game than a local derby played between two teams that actually share the stadium? Known as the Derby della Scala, the match is played between AC Chievo Verona and Hellas Verona FC. The name of the derby comes from the Della Scala family, who were rulers of Verona during the middle ages.
There were a total of 19 competitive derbies played to date, interestingly enough both sides winning 7 of the clashes – with 5 of them ending in a draw.
Getting to the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi is located just 27-minutes on foot, south-west of the city centre. Anyone coming in by car shouldn’t find any problems finding a parking space in one of the stadium’s surrounding car parks.
The stadium is well connected by public transport, with the closest bus stop named ‘P.le Olimpia 20’. Buses 90 and 95 connect the stop with the city centre on Sundays and public holidays, while lines 11, 12 and 13 operate on weekdays and Saturdays.
Verona’s main train station (Verona Porta Nueva) is just a 15-minute walk away. So, coming in by train from another city should be easy enough.
Tickets & Prices
Ticket prices vary depending on which of the city’s team you’re watching, competition and opposition. These can be easily bought online through either Chevo Verona’s website or else the Hellas Verona’s.
Where to Sit at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi?
The stadium is quite big and it’s rarely jam-packed, although the atmosphere is never short. The best view in our opinion is from the ‘Upper Stands’ on the longside of the stadium, while the cheapest tickets would be at the ‘North End Home Fans’ area. Keep an eye for the North Side 1994 Ultras group backing their team from the Curva Nord.
Where to Drink?
Pubs… Bars… Beer – plenty of them in Verona. Being close to the city centre, it seems that’s where most fans start enjoying matchday. Closest bar to the stadium is Bar Bentegodi, while other football-themed pubs we loved would be the Celtic Pub Verona | Irish Pub and the Kulmbacher Bier-Haus.
The AC Chievo Verona Store
The club’s store is situated within the Bottagisio Sports Center. You can find any type of merchandise ranging from different accessories, kits and scarves – which will surely enhance your experience with the locals on matchday. Have a look at their online store!