Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Published December 2nd 2019
Opened in 1959, Stadio San Paolo has been playing host to SSC Napoli matches ever since, with the Italian football club providing edge of the seat action to thousands of adoring fans. Currently, 55,000 every other week, to be exact.
Located in the western suburb of Fuorigrotta, it's just a short journey to the city centre, with the Campi Flegrei and Mostra stations just around the corner.
The iconic venue is comprised of four stands, with the Curva Nord and Sud combining with the Tribuna Est and Ovest to complete the striking structure.
It's the third-largest football stadium in the country, behind Milan's San Siro and Rome's Stadio Olimpico, having been built to provide the city's most prominent football club with a permanent residence after their previous home of Stadio Partenopeo was destroyed by air raids in the Second World War.
The stadium boasts a unique history, having hosted games in the 1980 European Championships and the 1990 World Cup, including the memorable semi-final between Argentina and Italy, during which Napoli legend Diego Maradona fittingly scored the winning penalty for the South Americans.
There is no stadium tour available, in part because this residential area has witnessed little to zero intervention in terms of the commercialisation that has plagued the likes of other top clubs around the world.
It's what makes the stadium so authentic, and also what creates such a lively atmosphere every other Saturday.
Tickets to see the I ciucciarelli can be purchased online or at the box-office, or even from different approved sellers across the city. There is also a shop that opens up for fans or travelling support on matchday.
Despite refurbishments that took place in order to stage the biggest competition in the world almost 30 years ago, the building remains run down and in a poor condition.
That's why the club has taken it upon themselves to find a quick solution, which will involve either extensive redevelopment or moving to a new home. And that's exactly why it's vital to come and visit this historic venue as soon as possible.