Arena Santa Giuliana in Perugia as springboard for great sporting careers
Stage for sport and culture
Perugia has a beautiful and captivating old town with narrow streets on the Tiber. Jazz fans will remember Perugia with its wonderful backdrop for the international Umbria Jazz Festival. The main stage, the Santa Giuliana Arena, is located in the heart of the city, not far from the Acropolis and former Santa Giuliana monastery. It dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Umbria.
In addition to its significance for jazz, the Santa Giuliana Arena is above all a stage for sport: Young talent and recreational athletes train here, and recently competitions have even taken place at an international level. The stadium was built in 1937 in accordance with plans by architect Giuseppe Lilli, primarily to finally give the urban football team its own stadium. The natural turf pitch is surrounded by a 6-lane athletics track and was renovated in 2018 with, among other things, our professional sports surfaces Rekortan BS and Rekortan BS RT in classic red. By the 1st January 2021, we’ll integrate both surfaces into Rekortan’s brand world.
Rekortan is our cost-effective all-rounder for competition and training facilities. The structural spray-coated surface has a thick top layer of rubber granulate, is water-permeable and suitable for spikes. It is also quick and easy to install. As a Rekortan BS RT re-topping variant, it is a clever solution for tracks in need of renovation. The existing elastic substructures can be retained, so the new surface is installed over the old track. Rekortan BS is also tested in accordance with World Athletics (WA) requirements. This was a good basis for the testing of the track by Fidal, the Italian Association of Athletics, which resulted in Class B certification for national and international competitions.
The renovation had become urgent at the time and the re-opening in October 2018 was celebrated accordingly: The star guest was the trainer Ilario Castagner, who was successful in entering the premier league with Perugia Calcio in the 1970s. The city is now delighted to once again be able to provide young athletes with a springboard for their big sporting careers in the form of the new stadium.