On the 13th day of the second away game, scheduled for March 23rd and 24th, different initiatives will be planned on the serie C football pitches in order to promote the Universiade 100 days away from the start of the University Games. “I want to say thank you to the president of the Lega Pro Mr. Francesco Ghirelli, who strongly desired this initiative just like us”, said the extraordinary commissioner for Napoli 2019 Gianluca Basile in the margin of the seminar “Il pallone d’Italia”, organized at the Ramada Hotel in Naples and promoted by Lega Pro in synergy with the National Observatory on Sports Events. “It is important to make the Universiade known not only in Campania but also throughout the Country. This international sporting event will be so significant that even football will be included in the sports disciplines registered in the Games”. “One hundred days away from the start of the Universiade – highlights Ghirelli – our local football teams will enter the fray with T-shirts and banners to remind the Country that a great sporting event will take place in Naples and Campania. This event is very important for us because it brings together the game of football and university, sport and education: A winning combination to give young people a better future. Furthermore, thanks to the Universiade, many sports venues in Campania will be modernized for the benefit of the whole territory: It is a very positive aspect since most of the Italian sports facilities are very old and inadequate when compared to other Countries’ standards”, he concluded.

Campania regional president Vincenzo De Luca, during an inspection of the Arechi stadium alongside Salerno mayor Vincenzo Napoli and sports councillor Angelo Caramanno said: “Soon the Arechi stadium will be ready. You can already see the grandstands with the new seats and the entrance corridors and reception area will be renovated. It will be a very beautiful stadium with a marvelous carpet. It could be a great event to relaunch the sports movement, the value of solidarity and will also be a chance to promote the area for tourism. We must keep in mind that we are talking about the Universiade, and so a meeting between young men and women at universities of 170 countries in the world”.

Lower House Speaker Roberto Fico said the Universiade to take place in Campania in July, “is a great showcase, a great moment for our entire region and for the city of Naples”. “I would have liked for there to have been more work sites, because it could have been a great chance to renovate many sporting venues. However, luckily the Universiade is in Naples and I hope it will go as well as possible,” he said.