Stadio San Nicola was built between 1987 and 1990 to serve as a playing venue for the 1990 World Cup.
The stadium was designed by Genovese architect Renzo Piano, who dubbed it “the spaceship”, because of the similarities in shape. The original design did not include an athletics track, but this was later added at the request of Italian Olympic Committee CONI.
Stadio San Nicola officially opened on the 3rd of June 1990 with a match between Bari and Milan (2-0). The stadium replaced Bari’s previous ground Stadio Comunale, also called Stadio della Vittoria.
During the 1990 World Cup, Stadio San Nicola hosted a total of five matches, among which three first round group matches, the round of 16 match between Czechoslavakia and Costa Rica (4-1), and the match for third place between Italy and England (2-1).
One year later, in 1991, the stadium hosted the European Cup final between Crvena Zvezda and Olympique de Marseille (0-0).
Most characteristic aspect of the stadium is its upper tier consisting of 26 separate petals.
Stadio San Nicola has turned out to be much too big for AS Bari, and a lack of maintenance has resulted in a heavily deteriorated state. Bari have therefore considered redeveloping the stadium into a smaller version, however are lacking the funds to do so.
Stadio San Nicola is located on the southern edge of the city of Bari, almost 8 kilometres from Bari’s historic centre and 5.5 kilometres from Bari’s central railway station.
The stadium lies just south of the Tangenziale di Bari, the city’s ring road. Take exit 10B. The stadium is signposted coming from the west.
Stadio San Nicola is rather difficult to reach by public transport. The best option is likely to take bus 20 from the central rail station. The bus passes close to the stadium, however line 20 only has a dedicated stop at the stadium on the way back. Hence, one could make the turn at the last stop (Autostrada BA-TA), or change to a return bus slightly earlier at Parco Adria. The whole trip will take you about 50 minutes.
Address: Stadio San Nicola , Strada Torrebella, 70124 Bari
Tickets for Bari matches can be bought at the ticket office at the stadium, at the Bari Point on the Via Capruzzi (at the southern side of Bari’s central station), or at one of the branches of local bank Banca Popolare di Bari.
Bari never sells out in the Serie B.
Tickets range in price from €13.00 for one of the curves to between €20.00 and €50.00 for a seat at one of the sides.