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The Giuseppe Meazza stadium is home to both Inter Milan as AC Milan (but than called 'San Siro'). The stadium opened in 1926 and can accommodate more than 85,000 visitors.
This stadium has often been the scene of extremely exciting games, especially during the derby between the eternal rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan when the stadium often vibrates to its foundations.
The stadium is located in the area of San Siro. This is also how the name used AC Milan. The Inter Milan supporters however have a different name for the famous stadium; they call it the ‘Giuseppe Meazza’, named after a very famous football player from Inter Milan. This also explains the two different names of the two groups of supporters to the stadium.
San Siro or Stadio Guiseppe Meazza (Stadium Tour)
The stadium was built as a gift from Piero Pirelli, an wealthy entrepreneur who was the president of A.C. Milan Football Club from 1909 to 1929. It took just over 13 months to build and cost 5 million lire, about 3.5 million euro today. It was built to hold 35,000 spectators but has since been expanded to hold a capacity of 80,000. The polycarbonate roof was added in 1990 to protect fans and players in bad weather.
San Siro or Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.
The huge stadium is now as much a landmark of Milan as the Scala and the Duomo, each in their own way being sacred ground. Since the year 2000, the stadium has been shared by rivals A.C. Milan and Inter F.C. Milan, so those taking a stadium tour will learn something about both these great teams and their history. As well as football, San Siro Stadium has also hosted championship boxing matches and pop concerts for celebrity artists such as Bob Marley and Bruce Springstein.
Outside the stadium, near the San Siro horseracing track is a huge sculpture of a horse designed by artist Leonardo da Vinci. The stadium tour allows visitors access to all the places they will want to see when there are no events taking place. It also includes entry to the Museum of San Siro, a collection of memorabilia including shirts worn by Pele, Zidane and Maradona, cups and trophies, art objects, boots and souvenirs.
The cinema hall shows a fascinating movie about Milan, Inter and the stadium history. It captures moments of great players in epic football matches. Further on, meet 24 statues of iconic players such as Zenga, Bergomi, Facchetti, Mazzola, Suarez, Casare, Rivera, Rocco and more. Finish this memorable tour in the San Siro Store which sells official football shirts and souvenirs of your visit to this historic stadium. The cost is €7 to enter the museum and €12.50 to include a tour of the stadium. Location: 6 km west from the centre of Milan
Metro: From Milano Centrale take underground line 2 (MM2 direction Abbiategrasso). Change at Cadorna FN metro station and take underground line 1 (MM1 direction Rho-Fiera) to Lotto metro station.
The Inter fans often provide an electric atmosphere.
Even without an audience the stadium is impressive.
The classic tubs.