Lanfranchi stadium

Via San Leonardo 110/a - Parma

Phone: +39 0521221168


The Sergio Lanfranchi Stadium is located inside the Citadel of Rugby, a sports center of excellence in the Italian oval panorama managed by the Italian Rugby Federation. The Parmesan facility hosts Zebre’s home matches in the Guinness PRO14 and in the European cups organized by the European Professional Club Rugby from the 2012/13 season.

The modern 5,000-seat facility is named after the Parma rugby symbol Sergio Lanfranchi [Parma, 09/27/1925 – Montchanin (France) 01/21/2001].

Lanfranchi was one of the greatest Italian rugby players of all time; born in Parma in 1925, he played for Rugby Parma from 1946 to 1950, winning the 1950 championship. With the gialloblù shirt, he played 101 matches, scoring 26 goals, 8 conversions and 3 kicks; due to his great athletic and technical skills he played in all positions of the scrum and, at times, even as a back.

Le Zebre, the sports club located there, was founded on 24 October 1973 in Milan as an invitation-only club reserved for the best players in the Italian league and the best foreign players in the European leagues. Born from an idea of Renato Tullio Ferrari – first president – assisted by the then captain of the national team Marco Bollesan, the Zebras carried out their competitive activity especially in the North-West of Italy; in 23 years 25 meetings were organized against prestigious international clubs with a high number of victories, including the one against the Barbarians, inspirers of the Zebre invitation club.

On 7 June 2012, the Italian Rugby Federation took ownership of the name “Zebre” for the new federally managed franchise based in Parma which participates in the two international tournaments BKT United Rugby Championship and EPCR Challenge Cup against the main teams in Europe, UK and South Africa.

Zebre Rugby Club, which since the summer of 2017 has counted the Italian Rugby Federation as its sole member, boasts together with the other Italian franchise of Benetton Rugby almost all the athletes who wear the Italian national team jersey in Test Matches, Six Nations and editions of the World Cup.

All international Zebra matches are produced by the televisions of the host countries and broadcast on the main European television markets and in the southern hemisphere where rugby is deeply rooted. Every year, tens of millions of people watch the matches of the Italian franchise all over the world, which has achieved good notoriety also thanks to its unique name in the world of team sport.