Livorno’s Stadio Armando Picchi was built in 1933 and originally named after Mussolini’s wife, Edda. Following WWII it was used more by the US troops for American football than by the locals, though, and shed its controversial name, becoming known as the Yankee Stadium. The structure was finally dedicated to former Livorno player and Coach Armando Picchi in 2000.
The stadium is not far from the town centre, in an area known as the sports district, where horse racing, basketball and rugby events also take place. It is within walking distance of the city centre in the southern district of Ardenza, with one route taking you along a palm-lined seafront.
Some of the Amaranto are fiercely communist and there are usually many Che Guevara banners in the ground. There is a bitter rivalry with the largely right-wing fans of Lazio. Despite strong anti-national feeling, the stadium hosted Roberto Donadoni’s opening friendly in charge of the Azzurri against Croatia in August 2006.