For other uses, see San Siro (disambiguation).

The Giuseppe Meazza Stadium (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe meˈattsa]), commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium in the San Siro district of Milan, Italy, which is the home of the city's clubs Milan and Internazionale. It has a seating capacity of 80,018, making it one of the largest stadiums in Europe, and the largest in Italy.

On 3 March 1980, the stadium was named in honour of Giuseppe Meazza, the two-time World Cup winner (1934, 1938) who played for Inter and briefly for Milan in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.[3]

The San Siro is a UEFA category four stadium. It hosted six games at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and four European Cup finals, in 1965, 1970, 2001 and 2016.[4] If the city of Milan bid with Cortina d'Ampezzo, Val di Fiemme and Valtellina is successful for the 2026 Winter Olympics this stadium would host the Opening and Closing ceremonies, being the largest stadium to do this, narrowly beating Beijing National Stadium if 2022 ceremonies aren't fully sold-out events.

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History[edit]

Construction of the stadium commenced in 1925 in the district of Milan named San Siro, with the new stadium originally named Nuovo Stadio Calcistico San Siro (San Siro New Football Stadium).[5] The idea to build a stadium in the same district as the horse racing track belonged to the president of A.C. Milan at the time, Piero Pirelli. The architects designed a private stadium only for football, without athletics tracks which characterized Italian stadiums built with public funds.[6] The inauguration was on 19 September 1926, when 35,000 spectators saw Inter defeat Milan 6–3. Originally, the ground was home and property of A.C. Milan. Finally, in 1947, Inter, who used to play in the Arena Civica downtown,[7] became tenants and the two have shared the ground ever since.

From 1948 to 1955, engineers Armando Ronca and Ferruccio Calzolari developed the project for the second extension of the stadium, which was meant to increase the capacity from 50,000 to 150,000 visitors. Calzolari and Ronca proposed three additional, vertically arranged, rings of spectator rows. Nineteen spiralling ramps – each 200 metres long – gave access to the upper tiers. During construction, the realisation of the highest of the three rings was abandoned and the number of visitors limited to 100,000.[8]

On 2 March 1980 the stadium was named for Giuseppe Meazza (1910–1979), one of the most famous Milanese footballers.

Two Milan derby Champions League knockout ties have taken place at San Siro, in 2003 and 2005, with A.C. Milan winning both matches. The reaction of Inter's fans to impending defeat in the latter match (throwing flares and other objects at Milan players and forcing the match to be abandoned)[9] earned the club a large fine and a four-game ban on spectators attending European fixtures there the following season.[10][11][12]

Apart from being used by Milan and Inter, the Italian national team occasionally plays games there.[13] It has also been used for the European Cup finals of 1965 (won by Inter), 1970 (won by Feyenoord), and the UEFA Champions League finals of 2001 (won by FC Bayern Munich) and 2016 (won by Real Madrid).[4][14]

The stadium was also used for the home leg of three UEFA Cup finals in which Inter was competing (1991, 1994, 1997) when these were played over two legs. It was also used by Juventus for their 'home' leg in 1995 as they decided against playing their biggest matches at their own Stadio delle Alpi at the time.[15][16] On each occasion, apart from 1991, the second leg was played at San Siro and the winners lifted the trophy there. However, the stadium has not yet been selected as the host stadium since the competition changed to a single-match final format in 1997–98.

San Siro did not host any final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but was the host stadium for the 1951 Latin Cup, a four-team event won by A.C. Milan. The city was also the venue for the 1956 edition of the Latin Cup (also won by Milan), but those matches were played at Arena Civica.

The stadium underwent further renovations for the 1990 World Cup with million being spent, bringing the stadium up to UEFA category four standard. As part of the renovations, the stadium became all seated, with an extra tier being added to three sides of the stadium. This entailed the building of 11 concrete towers around the outside of the stadium. Four of these concrete towers were located at the corners to support a new roof, which has distinctive protruding red girders.

In 1996 a museum was opened inside the stadium charting A.C. Milan and Inter's story, with historical shirts, cups and trophies, shoes, art objects and souvenirs of all kinds on display to visitors.

International football matches[edit]

1934 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium was one of the biggest venues of the 1934 FIFA World Cup and held three matches.

UEFA Euro 1980[edit]

The stadium was one of the four selected to host the matches during the UEFA Euro 1980.

1990 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium was one of the venues of the 1990 FIFA World Cup and held six matches.

Other sports[edit]

Boxing[edit]

San Siro was the venue for the boxing match between Duilio Loi vs. Carlos Ortiz for the Junior Welterweight title in 1960.

Rugby union[edit]

The first and only top level rugby union match to be played at San Siro was a test match between Italy and New Zealand in November 2009. A crowd of 80,000 watched the event, a record for Italian rugby.

Year Date Match Country Score Country Attendance
2009 14 November non-cap Italy  6–20 New Zealand  80,000

Concerts[edit]

Besides football, San Siro can be configured to hold many other events, particularly major concerts.

Concert of Vasco Rossi in 2007.

Transport connections[edit]

The stadium is located in the northwestern part of Milan and can be reached by underground via the dedicated San Siro metro station (at the end of the "lilac" line 5), located just in front of the stadium,[17] or by tram, with line 16 ending right in front. The Lotto metro station (line 1, the "red line", and line 5) is about 15 minutes walk away from San Siro.

Stations near by:

Gallery[edit]

Panorama of the stadium.
Panorama of the stadium.
  • Milan ultras crowd in Curva Sud.

  • Milan ultras crowd in Curva Sud.

  • Inter ultras crowd in Curva Nord.

  • Inter ultras crowd in Curva Nord.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.sansiro.net/?page_id=195
  3. ^ The history of the San Siro stadium. AC Milan.com. (accessed 18 October 2011)
  4. ^ a b "Milan to host 2016 UEFA Champions League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  5. ^ Almanacco Illustrato del Milan, Panini, Modena (it.)
  6. ^ The architectural structure of San Siro was shared in Italy with Marassi which, due to being the private home ground of Genoa CFC, also had no athletics track.
  7. ^ http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/2006/settembre/16/San_Siro_calcio_ottant_anni_co_7_060916003.shtml
  8. ^ Werner, Feiersinger,. Armando Ronca Architektur der Moderne in Südtirol 1935–1970. Kunst Meran, Kunst, Kofler, Andreas, Schmidt, Magdalene, Stabenow, Jörg, Kofler, Andreas, Martignoni, Massimo. Zürich. ISBN 9783038600619. OCLC 988179618.
  9. ^ "Milan move into last four". UEFA. 13 April 2005. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Inter handed stadium ban and fine". BBC Sport. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Pari senza emozioni nello stadio vuoto ma l'Inter conquista la Champions" [Passionless draw in the empty stadium but Inter achieves the Champions] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 24 August 2005. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Inter 1—0 Rangers". BBC Sport. 28 September 2005. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Italy 2—0 Scotland". BBC News. 26 March 2005. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  14. ^ "San Siro's previous four European Cup finals". UEFA. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Will a Spoonful of Sugar Make a Bad Boy Nice?". The New York Times. 5 April 1995. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Il passato e' oggi: a San Siro Juventus-Borussia" [Today in the past: Juventus-Borussia at San Siro] (in Italian). Mediaset. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  17. ^ http://footballtripper.com/san-siro-stadium-guide

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