8th October 2013 AS Livorno may have been promoted to Italy's top football league, Serie A at the end of last season, but its home ground the Armando Picchi stadium in Ardenza is looking much the same as it was a few months ago. The graffiti-smeared football venue, which seats just over 19,000 spectators, has still not been given the facelift that many believed it would receive after promotion. Instead of tidying up a rundown exterior, the local council spent available funds on internal security measures.
Fans are so frustrated with the situation that a small group of Curva Nord regulars have clubbed together to carry out renovation work to the outside of the stadium themselves.
The unemployed Livorno supporters have been scraping off old paint and filling in holes in the cement in preparation for a brand new coat of Amaranto paint. Council estimates put the cost of this intervention at 500,000 euros, so if the fans succeed in finishing the paint job using money donated by stadium goers they'll have saved Livorno a fine sum.
They will also be relieving local inhabitants and visiting fans of a terrible eyesore in the Ardenza district.
It would be great to see part of the ticket price at coming matches being used to go towards this courageous project. What do you think, Mr Spinelli?