The Subbuteo stadium that has been standing for 35 years

In 1985 Riccardo Bertone bought a Subbuteo grandstand and a corner terrace.

A year a stadium started to take shape.

It is probably a familiar story with people who return to the game and suddenly find themselves ordering boxes of accessories and building a Subbuteo stadium in any spare space they can find.

But a stadium started in 1985 has to be one of the oldest standing Subbuteo stadiums in the world – and it’s not finished yet.

Italian collector Riccardo says: “This is the Arena Stadium Sarzana. There are about 1.000 spectators. and a mix of old Subbuteo grandstands with ultimate Zuego accessories.”

He also added some hand-built wooden structures that he designed and built himself, while four floodlights were bought from IKEA.

The stadium is a labour of love, with a unique two-tier end stand and hand-painted fans lovingly painted by Riccardo himself. Although they will soon be joined by 50 yellow-clad stewards painted by Subbuteo fan painter extraordinaire Steven Jeffrey.

He says the stadium is nearing completion, calling it ‘the ultimate version’ after an incredible 35 years of tweaking.

Take a look at the detail and love that has gone in to the wonderful stadium.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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