By Kris Voakes | Italian Football Editor
It has felt like a long time in coming, but tonight Juventus will finally inaugurate their brand new stadium on the site of the Stadio delle Alpi, five years after they waved goodbye to the old venue.
This evening's English opponents Notts County were hand-picked for the occasion due to their status as the oldest professional club in football, as well as their previous close ties with Juve which include them having once leant the Italians the black and white striped jerseys they would later adopt as their own.
The Bianconeri will host a competitive game at the new arena for the first time on Sunday, when Parma visit for a Serie A season opener.
The new facility will give Juventus the luxury of playing in their very own venue, and it is hoped that many Italian clubs will follow suit in order to bring the regular matchday experience up to speed with other countries around Europe.
Goal.com have had a look into the facts and figures behind the Juventus Stadium in anticipation for the big night this evening.
- Ownership of the site was passed from the City of Turin to Juventus in July 2003.
- Approval was given for the new stadium project in February 2008, and demolition of the old Stadio delle Alpi began seven months later.
- In opting to knock down the old ground and build a new, more accessible stadium, Juventus became the first major club to decrease their capacity in building a new venue.
- Juve president Andrea Agnelli announced on May 29, 2010 - the 25th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster - that a space within the new club museum will commemorate the 39 victims of the crowd trouble in Brussels.
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100,000,000 - The total cost in Euros of the stadium project
41,000 - The capacity of the ground, which is 14,000 up on a full Stadio Olimpico, but 28,295 down on the old Stadio delle Alpi.
3,600 - The number of seats in the 'Premium' sections which will be used to host corporate guests and VIPs, helping to fill the ground's 120 executive boxes.
7,000 - That's how many panels adorn the external facier of the stadium, each made of Alucobond, a brand of lightweight aluminium.
7.5 - In metres, that's how far you'll be from the edge of the pitch if you're sat in the front row. And you'll only be 49 metres back if sat in the last row of the top tier.
240 - The maximum number of seconds it will take to evacuate the entire stadium in the event of an emergency.
Juventus Stadium | The naming rights are held by Sportfive, who paid the club €75m
To give the new Juventus Stadium that Hollywood feeling, there is a 'Walk of Fame' leading to the arena to mark the names of the 50 players from the club's past considered most deserving of the honour.
Each player will get his own star, just as is offered to the stars of stage and screen in California.
Those honoured are:
Pietro Anastasi, Roberto Baggio, Romeo Benetti, Roberto Bettega, Carlo Bigatto, Giampiero Boniperti, Felice Borel, Sergio Brio, Gianluigi Buffon, Antonio Cabrini, Umberto Caligaris, Mauro Camoranesi, Fabio Capello, Franco Causio, John Charles, Gianpiero Combi, Antonio Conte, Antonello Cuccureddu, Edgar Davids, Alessandro Del Piero, Luis del Sol, Didier Deschamps, Angelo Di Livio, Ciro Ferrara, Giuseppe Furino, Claudio Gentile, John Hansen, Paolo Montero, Pavel Nedved, Raimundo Orsi, Carlo Parola, Angelo Peruzzi, Gianluca Pessotto, Michel Platini, Pietro Rava, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Virginio Rosetta, Paolo Rossi, Sandro Salvadore, Gaetano Scirea, Lucidio Sentimenti, Omar Sivori, Alessio Tacchinardi, Stefano Tacconi, Marco Tardelli, Moreno Torricelli, David Trezeguet, Gianluca Vialli, Zinedine Zidane, Dino Zoff.
Antonio Conte | His picture will be one of 50 on display as you head for your seat
|"It is a cultural revolution, and surely a revolution of the football world. I really hope this will now become the norm for Italian football and its stadiums."
- Alessandro Del Piero
|"It is nice to speak about a new stadium where there are many memories. A new era is about to start and we are proud to have made this investment."
- Andrea Agnelli
|"The new stadium is the start of a positive cycle and it will be vital from a Financial Fair Play perspective, especially to increase the competitiveness of the team."
- Jean Claude Blanc
|"We share the hope to be able to pave a new winning course, like those experienced in our recent past, especially thanks to our new home."
- Giorgio Chiellini
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