The Stadium of San Paolo in Naples, opened in 1959, is the third largest in Italy for capacity after the Meazza in Milan and Rome's Olimpico. The field measures 110 by 68 meters and is situated in the district of Fuorigrotta. The San Paolo was renovated during the European Championships in 1980 and then on the occasion of the World Cup hosted by Italy in 1990, date back to this period the construction of the roof and the new press stand (330 seats), the refurbishment of the track athletics lighting system and its adaptation to the safety standards required by FIFA. With an athletic track to 8 lanes, three multipurpose gyms, a boxing gym, a fitness gym and a gym wrestling and oriental martial arts, the San Paolo is also the largest sports complex in the city.
It all began with a match played against the crew of an English ship called the "Arabik" – the first international event in the history of soccer.
In 1913 Napoli won its first regional tournament in Campania against the Internazionale team, which had won the year before and would go on to win the following two seasons, with the following line-up: Cavalli, Del Pezzo, Garozzo, Paduli I, Hansen, Grieco, Argento, Paduli III, Toerstenson, Dodero and Imerigo.
At the end of the First World War Napoli took up where it had left off, thanks to the fervour and dedication of players and managers like Garozzo and the Bruschini brothers, among many others. Just after the war it won a memorable match against the prestigious Juventus team by 3-1, with the following line-up: Scandone, Garozzo, Pepe, Reiclin, Giordano, Tizzano, Laterza, Casabona, Dodero, Maisto and Sacchi.
A group of journalists-cum-football players – Ninò Bruschini, Alfredo Reiclin, Mario Argento, Paolo and Michele Scarfoglio (sons of Edoardo and Matilde Serao) – was joined by Felice Scandone: all good football players, but even better journalists.
It was in 1921 that Naples merged with the Internazionali team to create Internaples, out of which the Associazione Calcio Napoli (Naples Football Association) eventually developed.