San Siro

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Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
San Siro
Stadio Meazza.jpg
LocationVia Piccolomini 5, 20151
Milan, Italy
Coordinates45°28′41″N 9°07′26″E / 45.478080°N 9.12400°E / 45.478080; 9.12400Coordinates: 45°28′41″N 9°07′26″E / 45.478080°N 9.12400°E / 45.478080; 9.12400
Public transitMilano linea M5.svg San Siro Stadio
Milano linea M5.svg San Siro Ippodromo
OwnerMunicipality of Milan
Executive suites30[1]
Capacity80,018[2]
Field size105m × 68m
SurfaceGrassMaster hybrid grass
ScoreboardTecnovision
Construction
Broke groundDecember 1925
Opened19 September 1926 (1926-09-19)
Renovated1935, 1955, 1990, 2015–16
ArchitectAlberto Cugini
Ulisse Stacchini
Tenants
A.C. Milan (1926–present)
Inter Milan (1947–present)
Italy national football team (selected matches)

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 A.C. Milan and Inter Milan. 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.

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 $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 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.

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round
27 May 1934   Switzerland 3–2  Netherlands
First Round
31 May 1934  Germany 2–1  Sweden
Quarter-finals
3 June 1934  Italy 1–0  Austria
Semi-finals

UEFA Euro 1980[edit]

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 0–0  Italy
Group B
15 June 1980  Belgium 2–1  Spain
Group B
17 June 1980  Netherlands 1–1  Czechoslovakia
Group A

1990 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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 0–1  Cameroon
Group B
10 June 1990  West Germany 4–1  Yugoslavia
Group D
15 June 1990  West Germany 5–1  United Arab Emirates
Group D
19 June 1990  West Germany 1–1  Colombia
Group D
24 June 1990  West Germany 2–1  Netherlands
Round of 16
1 July 1990  Czechoslovakia 0–1  West Germany
Quarter final

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.
Date Performer(s) Opening act(s) Tour/Event Attendance Notes
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 45.000
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
1 June 2018 J-Ax & Fedez La Finale 79,500
20 June 2018 Cesare Cremonini Cremonini Stadi 2018 56,963
6 July 2018 Beyoncé
Jay-Z
On the Run II Tour 50,000

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:

Service Station Line
Milan Metro Logo Metropolitane Italia.svg San Siro Stadio Handicapped/disabled access Milano linea M5.svg
San Siro Ippodromo Handicapped/disabled access Milano linea M5.svg
Lotto Handicapped/disabled access Milano linea M1.svg

Gallery[edit]

Panorama of the stadium.
Panorama of the stadium.

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

External links[edit]

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