The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (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 A.C. Milan and Inter. It has a seating capacity of 80,018, making it one of the largest stadiums in Europe, and the largest in Italy.
|Location||Via Piccolomini 5, 20151
|Public transit|| San Siro Stadio
San Siro Ippodromo
|Owner||Municipality of Milan|
|Field size||105m × 68m|
|Surface||GrassMaster hybrid grass|
|Broke ground||December 1925|
|Opened||September 19, 1926|
|Renovated||1935, 1955, 1990, 2015–16|
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). The idea to build a stadium in the same district as the horse racing track belonging to the man who at that time was the president of A.C. Milan, Piero Pirelli. The architects designed a private stadium only for football, without the athletics tracks which characterized Italian stadiums built with public funds. 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, 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 capacity was meant to increase from 50,000 to 150,000 visitors. Calzolari and Ronca proposed three additional, vertically arranged, rings of spectator rows. Nineteen spiralling ramps – each 200-meter-long – allow to access the upper ranks. In the course of the execution, the realisation of the highest of the three rings was abandoned and the number of visitors limited to 100,000.
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, with all matches taking place at San Siro, occurred in 2003 and 2005; A.C. Milan won both, and the reaction of Inter's fans to impending defeat in the latter (throwing flares and other objects at Milan players and forcing the match to be abandoned) earned the club a large fine and a four-game ban on spectators attending European fixtures there the following season.
Apart from being used by Milan and Inter, the Italian national team also plays occasional games there. It has also been used for the European Cup finals of 1965 (won by Inter) and 1970 (won by Feyenoord), and the UEFA Champions League finals of 2001 (won by FC Bayern Munich) and 2016 (won by Real Madrid).
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, and 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. 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 never 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 $60 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 inside the stadium was opened a museum about A.C. Milan and Inter's story with historical shirts, cups and trophies, shoes, art objects and souvenirs of all kinds.
International football matchesEdit
1934 FIFA World CupEdit
The stadium was one of the biggest venues of the 1934 FIFA World Cup and held three matches.
|Date||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round|
|27 May 1934||Switzerland||
|31 May 1934||Germany||
|3 June 1934||Italy||
UEFA Euro 1980Edit
The stadium was one of the four selected to host the matches during the UEFA Euro 1980.
|Date||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round|
|12 June 1980||Spain||
|15 June 1980||Belgium||
|17 June 1980||Netherlands||
1990 FIFA World CupEdit
The stadium was one of the venues of the 1990 FIFA World Cup and held six matches.
|Date||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round|
|8 June 1990||Argentina||
|10 June 1990||West Germany||
|15 June 1990||West Germany||
||United Arab Emirates||
|19 June 1990||West Germany||
|24 June 1990||West Germany||
|1 July 1990||Czechoslovakia||
|2009||14 November||non-cap||Italy||6–20||New Zealand||80,000|
Besides football, San Siro can be configured to hold many other events, particularly major concerts.
|27 June 1980||Bob Marley & The Wailers||Pino Daniele||Uprising Tour|
|15 July 1980||Various artists||La Carovana del Mediterraneo|
|19 July 1980||Edoardo Bennato||Sono Solo Canzonette|
|29 June 1984||Bob Dylan||Santana, Pino Daniele||Bob Dylan 1984 European Tour|
|21 June 1985||Bruce Springsteen||Born in the U.S.A. Tour||65,000|
|13 July 1986||Various artists||Milano Suono Festival 1986|
|16 July 1986|
|17 July 1986|
|18 July 1986|
|19 July 1986|
|20 June 1986|
|15 May 1987||Genesis||Paul Young||Invisible Touch Tour|
|5 June 1987||Duran Duran||Strange Behaviour Tour|
|10 June 1987||David Bowie||Glass Spider Tour||70,000|
|10 July 1990||Vasco Rossi||Ladri di Biciclette, Casino Royale||Fronte del Palco Tour 1990|
|28 May 1992||Antonello Venditti|
|4 July 1994||Al Bano & Romina Power|
|7 July 1995||Vasco Rossi||Rock Sotto Assedio|
|8 July 1995|
|15 June 1996||Nessun Pericolo Per Te Tour|
|18 June 1997||Michael Jackson||B-Nario, Paola e Chiara||HIStory World Tour|
|28 June 1997||Ligabue||Il Bar Mario è Aperto|
|29 June 1997|
|22 May 1998||Eros Ramazzotti|
|5 July 2002||Ligabue||Fuori Come Va Tour|
|6 July 2002|
|10 June 2003||The Cranberries|
|28 June 2003||Bruce Springsteen||The Rising Tour|
|1 July 2003||Claudio Baglioni|
|4 July 2003||Vasco Rossi||Vasco a San Siro '03|
|5 July 2003||Irene Grandi|
|8 July 2003||Anouk|
|8 June 2004||Red Hot Chili Peppers||The Roots||Roll on the Red Tour|
|12 June 2004||Vasco Rossi||Simone Tomassini||Buoni o Cattivi Tour 2004|
|13 June 2004|
|20 July 2005||U2||Ash, Feeder||Vertigo Tour||137,427||Parts of the concerts were filmed and recorded for the group's live album and concert film U2.COMmunication and Vertigo 05: Live from Milan respectively.|
|21 July 2005|
|27 May 2006||Ligabue||Nome e Cognome Tour|
|11 July 2006||The Rolling Stones||Bo Diddley, Feeder||A Bigger Bang||56,175|
|22 July 2006||Robbie Williams||Close Encounters Tour|
|2 June 2007||Laura Pausini|
|21 June 2007||Vasco Rossi||Vasco Live 2007|
|22 June 2007|
|30 June 2007||Biagio Antonacci||Nomadi||Vicky Love Tour|
|31 May 2008||Negramaro||La Finestra Tour|
|6 June 2008||Vasco Rossi||Il Mondo Che Vorrei Live Tour 2008|
|7 June 2008|
|14 June 2008||Zucchero||All the Best|
|25 June 2008||Bruce Springsteen||Magic Tour||59,821|
|4 July 2008||Ligabue||Elle-Elle Live 2008|
|5 July 2008|
|18 June 2009||Depeche Mode||Dolcenera, M83||Tour of the Universe||57,544||The concert was recorded for the group's live album project Recording the Universe.|
|21 June 2009||Various artists||Amiche per l'Abruzzo|
|7 July 2009||U2||Snow Patrol||U2 360° Tour||153,806|
|8 July 2009||The performances of Breathe and Electrical Storm were recorded for the group's live album From the Ground Up: Edge's Picks from U2360°.|
|14 July 2009||Madonna||Sticky & Sweet Tour||55,338|
|8 June 2010||Muse||Calibro 35, Friendly Fires, Kasabian||The Resistance Tour||60,000|
|16 July 2010||Ligabue||Margot||Arrivederci Mostro|
|17 July 2010|
|16 June 2011||Vasco Rossi||Vasco Live Kom '011|
|17 June 2011|
|21 June 2011|
|22 June 2011|
|12 July 2011||Take That||Pet Shop Boys||Progress Live|
|7 June 2012||Bruce Springsteen||Wrecking Ball World Tour||57,149|
|14 June 2012||Madonna||Martin Solveig||The MDNA Tour||53,244|
|3 June 2013||Bruce Springsteen||Wrecking Ball World Tour||56,670|
|19 June 2013||Jovanotti||Backup Tour|
|20 June 2013|
|29 June 2013||Bon Jovi||Because We Can||51,531|
|13 July 2013||Negramaro|
|18 July 2013||Depeche Mode||Motel Connection, Chvrches||The Delta Machine Tour||57,919|
|31 July 2013||Robbie Williams||Olly Murs||Take The Crown Stadium Tour|
|31 May 2014||Biagio Antonacci||Palco Antonacci 2014|
|6 June 2014||Ligabue||Mondovisione Tour: Stadi 2014|
|7 June 2014|
|20 June 2014||Pearl Jam||Lightning Bolt Tour|
|28 June 2014||One Direction||5 Seconds of Summer||Where We Are Tour||115,931||The concerts were recorded for the group's concert film One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film.|
|29 June 2014|
|4 July 2014||Vasco Rossi||Vasco Live Kom '014|
|5 July 2014|
|9 July 2014|
|10 July 2014|
|19 July 2014||Modà|
|17 June 2015||Vasco Rossi||Vasco Live Kom '015|
|18 June 2015|
|25 June 2015||Jovanotti||Lorenzo Negli Stadi 2015|
|26 June 2015|
|27 June 2015|
|4 July 2015||Tiziano Ferro||Lo stadio Tour 2015|
|5 July 2015|
|4 June 2016||Laura Pausini||Simili Tour||100,388|
|5 June 2016|
|10 June 2016||Pooh|
|18 June 2016||Modà|
|19 June 2016|
|3 July 2016||Bruce Springsteen||The River Tour 2016||104,646|
|5 July 2016|
|13 July 2016||Rihanna||Big Sean, DJ Mustard||Anti World Tour|
|18 July 2016||Beyoncé||Chloe x Halle, Sophie Beem||The Formation World Tour||54,313|
|9 June 2017||Davide Van De Sfroos|
|16 June 2017||Tiziano Ferro||Il Mestiere della Vita Tour|
|17 June 2017|
|19 June 2017|
|27 June 2017||Depeche Mode||Algiers||Global Spirit Tour||54,488|
|3 July 2017||Coldplay||Lyves, Tove Lo||A Head Full of Dreams Tour||117,307|
|4 July 2017||Tove Lo|
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, 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:
|Milan Metro||San Siro Stadio|
|San Siro Ippodromo|
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