The ID rule applies to any club in the 4 professional levels, regardless of capacity, and has certainly lead to problems for me trying to attend matches. I have been locked out at Como, where until this season they (on the request of the local police) turned the ticketing systems off 2 hours before kick-off, something you could only find out in the smallest of small print on a page buried deep within their website, the wording of which was so obtuse I had missed it completely. I also once failed to get in at Pro Patria (whose stadium only holds 4,627 according to wikipedia) because until last season they didn't actually have ticketing computers at the stadium, meaning that it wasn't actually possible to buy a ticket on match day. This information wasn't available anywhere. On the flip side, when me and a mate went to Pergocrema v Monza (3rd division), we unknowingly queued up at the away end ticket office and weren't even asked for our TdT to get a ticket, even though the usual datagrabbing computer systems were being used (added to which I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to be able to buy away end tickets on the day of the game in any case). There are a few more TdT nonsense stories in a piece I wrote on here a couple of years ago - www.wsc.co.uk/wsc-daily/999-September-20...s-off-to-a-bad-start
When I moved to Italy over 2 years ago, one of the things I was most looking forward to (possibly even one of the main reasons I came) was going to loads of football. I have been to a lot, but probably not as much as I might, and now feel completely unmotivated to go at all, feeling totally put off by a combination of the ongoing betting scandal and the ludicrous amount of hoops that have to be jumped through to get tickets for even the smallest games. A very sad state of affairs all round.
To be fair in some parts of the country lower division matches are a potential source of trouble, especially when they represent the only professional football available. This doesn't invalidate the points made, but Monza, say, is not the same as Messina.
Another reason for not attending the AlbinoLeffe v Treviso match in the flesh was the late kick-off and the knowledge that one would have to leave at least 15 minutese early or miss the last bus. Another example of how the ticket=buying fan is now treated with little or no consideration.
After posting that grumpy message in the morning, I went out in the afternoon to watch the brilliantly named Rondo Dinamo play Cinisellese (8th tier) in front of a bumper crowd of at least 20! Fiver to get in, coffee still only 80 cents in the bar, entertaining game with plenty of goals.... faith restored! Kind of...
Prima Categoria, I presume. It's good that you enjoyed it, but that's not really what you came to Italy to see, is it? That's the sadness in all this. We came full of enthusiasm for the mythical 'calcio' and we are reduced to watching games that are no diferent from thousands in the UK every weekend.