One of the symbols of the city of Milan is the San Siro stadium.
Nicknamed the “Scala del calcio” or “the temple of football”, it is one of the most internationally known stadiums, as well as being the most capacious in Italy: with its seven entrances (fifteen on special occasions), the two ticket offices, the three uncovered grandstands and the one of honour, it can in fact accommodate almost 76,000 people.
It has hosted World Cup and European Cup matches, European Cup-Champions League finals, as well as league matches. Numerous Italian and international artists have also chosen the Meazza San Siro stadium for their concerts.
Designed by Ulisse Stacchini and Alberto Cugini as the official field of the Milan football team, it was inaugurated in 1926. The structure remained AC Milan property until 1935, when it was purchased by the Municipality of Milan and from 1947 it became the official facility also from Inter, who until then played their matches at the Arena Civica.
In 1980, the San Siro stadium was named after Giuseppe Meazza, a great player both in the Inter team, where he made his debut when he was just seventeen, and in that of Milan.
During its history, the San Siro stadium has been renovated and expanded several times.
On the occasion of the 1990 World Cup, when the Meazza San Siro stadium was chosen to host the opening match, the architects Ragazzi and Hoffner plans to build a free-standing third tier, supported by 11 huge outer cylindrical towers, as well as a new lighting system and turf heating system. The Meazza thus takes on its current appearance.
The Museo di San Siro, which after a restyling that made it even more innovative, the Museum confirms itself as the temple of Milanese football, with an exciting journey that transports visitors through the historical events that made the Meazza and all of Italian football great.
Take a close look at a selection of the shirts of A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano, the two Milanese clubs, as well as various jerseys of the Italian national teams that have made the history of our sport, including the unforgettable ones of the Azzurri at the 1982 and 2006 World Cups.
There are also many other jerseys of great champions of the present and the past who have played with the most successful Italian and foreign teams in the world.
After the visit to the Museum, enjoy thetour of the Stadium: enter thechanging rooms of Inter and Milan, pass in the mixed area and reach the access tunnel to the field, at the end of which the magical view of the San Siro field opens up. Finally, enjoy a break in the grandstand, with a 360° view of the “Scala del calcio”.
Of the eleven cylindrical reinforced concrete towers that give access to the bleachers, four, in addition to containing various service rooms, act as support for the roof trusses of the Meazza San Siro stadium and are 51 meters high.
San Siro, the district where the Meazza Stadium stands, derives its name from a small medieval village known for its church “S. Siro alla Vepra”.
In 1967 at San Siro the “moviola” was used for the first time during a derby, to verify a “dubious goal” by Rivera.
Since the eighties, it has hosted the concerts of some of the major international artists. The first ever to perform at San Siro was Bob Marley, who “christened” the stadium on June 27, 1980.