First inaugurated in 1953, the Stadio Olimpico is home to both Roma and Lazio. The impressive structure has hosted the 1960 Olympics, European Cup Finals and the 1990 World Cup Final and was initially built to house 100,000 people, although major renovation work restricted the number to just over 70,000 in 2008.
Nearly 8,500 of Roma’s most passionate Ultras are seated in the Curva Sud, which lays down a wall of noise and the occasional pyrotechnic during the Derby della Capitale with Lazio. Giallorossi fans are amongst the most vociferous in their support, but also some to have gained the most notoriety - in 2004, a coin thrown at referee Anders Frisk from the stands during Roma’s Champions League tie with Dynamo Kiev forced UEFA to order Roma play its next home matches behind closed doors.
Easy access to the Olimpico plays a key part in encouraging match attendance. Rome’s principal airport, Fiumicino, lies 30km south of the city and connects to the city’s major train station Termini by regular hourly trains. A train ride to Anagnina metro station and then a tram gets fans to the stadium from Ciampino, the second airport, which lies 15km south east of the city.