|Location||Via Piccolomini 5, 20151
|Public transit||San Siro Stadio, Milan Metro Line5|
|Owner||Municipality of Milan|
|Record attendance||83,381 (Inter–Schalke 04, 1997)|
|Field size||105m x 68m|
|Broke ground||December 1925|
|Opened||September 19, 1926|
|Construction cost||£5 million (€1,8 million)|
Inter Milan (1947–present)
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium located in the San Siro district in Milan. It is the home of AC Milan and Inter Milan. It has an all-seater capacity of 81,277 making it one of the top ten largest stadium in Europe, and the largest stadium of Italy.
The San Siro is a UEFA category four stadium. The stadium hosted six games at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and three UEFA Champions League finals in 1965, 1970 and 2001. It will host the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final.
The stadium is also used for music concerts and other sporting events. Major acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, U2, Robbie Williams, Muse, Tiziano Ferro, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, One Direction, Madonna and Michael Jackson performed here.
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, belongs to the man who then was the president of the Rossoneri, Piero Pirelli. The architects designed a private stadium only for football, without the athletics tracks which characterized the Italian stadiums built with public funds. The inauguration was on 19 September 1926, when 35,000 spectators saw Inter Milan defeat Milan 6–3. Originally, the ground was home and property of AC Milan. The Nerazzurri used to play in the classy Arena Civica downtown. Finally, in 1947, Inter Milan became tenants and the two have shared the ground ever since.
As well as being used by Milan and Inter, the Italian national team also plays occasional games there and it has also been used for the 1965, 1970, and 2001 UEFA Champions League finals. The stadium was also used for Inter Milan's UEFA Cup finals when played over home and away legs but has never featured since the competition changed to a single final structure in 1997–98. The stadium has been chosen by UEFA to host the 2016 Champions League Final.
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 being located at the corners to support a new roof which has distinctive protruding red girders.
Inter is in the process of new stadium feasibility studies.
2015-16 UEFA Champions League Final will take place at San Siro stadium.
- 1939 End stands enlarged and corners filled in. A crowd of 55,000 for Italy – England 2–2.
- 1940 65,000 for Italy vs. Germany.
- 1955 Completion of two tiers giving a claimed capacity of 100,000.
- 1956 25 April, in front of 100,000 spectators, Italy – Brazil 3–0 (Goals: Virgili 2, De Sordi).
- After the Heysel Stadium disaster, the capacity was reduced to 80,000 in the mid-1980s.
- 1987 As a preparation for the 1990 World Cup, the Italian government gave the Milanese council $30 million for its modernization, but in the end, the cost was more than double that. Project 1990 by Ragazzi e Hoffner e Salvi: 11 concrete towers of 50 metres in height. Of the 11 towers, 4 at each corner, protruded above the 3rd tier as support for the new roof.
- 1990 Third tier completed on three sides giving an all seated capacity of 85,700.
- 2002 Sky Box: 20 for 200 seats. 400 all-seats for journalists.
- Future renovation may involve the completion of the 3rd tier on the east side of the stadium, although this would involve purchasing land from the present hippodrome, behind the stadium.
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|List of concerts|
|Concerts at San Siro|
|27 June 1980||Bob Marley||Uprising Tour||120,000|
|24 June 1984||Bob Dylan||—||—|
|21 June 1985||Bruce Springsteen||Born in the U.S.A. Tour||—|
|19 May 1987||Genesis and Paul Young||Touch Tour||—|
|10 June 1987||David Bowie||Glass Spider Tour||—|
|18 June 1997||Michael Jackson||HIStory World Tour||—|
|10 June 2003||The Rolling Stones||Licks Tour||—|
|28 June 2003||Bruce Springsteen||The Rising Tour||—|
|8 June 2004||Red Hot Chili Peppers||Roll on the Red Tour||—|
|12 and 13 June 2004||Vasco Rossi||Buoni o Cattivi Tour||—|
|20 and 21 July 2005||U2||Vertigo Tour||137,427|
|11 July 2006||The Rolling Stones||A Bigger Bang Tour||56,175|
|22 July 2006||Robbie Williams||Close Encounters Tour||—|
|2 June 2007||Laura Pausini||San Siro 2007||—|
|21 and 22 June 2007||Vasco Rossi||Vasco Live 2007||—|
|6 and 7 June 2008||Vasco Rossi||Vasco.08 Live in concert||—|
|25 June 2008||Bruce Springsteen||Magic Tour||59,821|
|18 June 2009||Depeche Mode||Tour of the Universe||57,544|
|7 and 8 July 2009||U2||U2 360° Tour||153,806|
|14 July 2009||Madonna||Sticky & Sweet Tour||55,338|
|8 June 2010||Muse||The Resistance Tour||—|
|16, 17, 21 and 22 June 2011||Vasco Rossi||Vasco Live Kom '011||—|
|12 July 2011||Take That||Progress Live||—|
|7 June 2012||Bruce Springsteen||Wrecking Ball World Tour||57,149|
|14 June 2012||Madonna||The MDNA Tour||53,244|
|3 June 2013||Bruce Springsteen||Wrecking Ball World Tour||56,670|
|19 and 20 June 2013||Jovanotti||Backup Tour - Lorenzo negli stadi 2013||—|
|29 June 2013||Bon Jovi||Because We Can||51,531|
|13 July 2013||Negramaro||—||—|
|18 July 2013||Depeche Mode||Delta Machine Tour||57,919|
|31 July 2013||Robbie Williams||Take the Crown Stadium Tour||—|
|20 June 2014||Pearl Jam||Lightning Bolt Tour||—|
|28 and 29 June 2014||One Direction||Where We Are Tour||115,931|
|4, 5, 9 and 10 July 2014||Vasco Rossi||Vasco Live Kom '014||229,192|
|17 and 18 June 2015||Vasco Rossi||Vasco Live Kom '015||—|
|25, 26 and 27 June 2015||Jovanotti||Jovanotti Tour 2015||—|
|4 and 5 July 2015||Tiziano Ferro||Lo stadio Tour 2015||—|
Other than football matches, the San Siro has been host to many music concerts.
Bob Marley performed the first concert in the history of San Siro Stadium on 27 June 1980, in front of an all-time Italian record audience of about 120,000 people, which was also a European audience record for a music concert in an enclosed venue at that time.
Bob Dylan performed on 24 June 1984.
Bruce Springsteen performed at the stadium on 21 June 1985 during his Born in the U.S.A. Tour. He performed other three sold-out show at the stadium: on 25 June 2008 during his Magic Tour, on 28 June 2003 during his The Rising Tour and on 7 June 2012 during his Wrecking Ball Tour. The American rockstar performed at the venue for the fifth time on 3 June 2013 as part of the second leg of his Wrecking Ball Tour in front of a crowd of 56,670 people.
Duran Duran performed at the stadium on 5 June 1987 during their Strange Behaviour Tour.
David Bowie performed on 10 June 1987 during the Spider Glass Tour.
U2 performed at the stadium four times: the first and the second were on 20 and 21 July 2005 during their Vertigo Tour, in front of a total sold out crowd of 137,427 people. The third and the fourth were on 7 and 8 July 2009 during their U2 360° Tour, in front of a total sold out crowd of 153,806 people. Part of the 2005 shows were recorded for the group's live album U2.COMmunication. Part of the second 2005 show was also filmed for the group's concert film Vertigo 05: Live from Milan. The performances of "Breathe" and "Electrical Storm" from the second 2009 show were recorded for the group's live album From the Ground Up: Edge's Picks from U2360°.
On 2 June 2007, Italian singer Laura Pausini was the first woman ever to sing at the stadium, breaking all records in sold-out concerts that were later recorded as the live album San Siro 2007. Two years later, on 21 June 2009, following the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, Pausini organized a concert in which she and 42 more singers (all of them being women) performed to raise money for charity institutions in the L'Aquila area. This concert was later recorded on the DVD "Amiche per l'Abruzzo".
Negramaro performed at the venue for the second time on 13 July 2013.
Jovanotti played two shows at San Siro on 19–20 June 2013.
Depeche Mode performed at the stadium two times: the first one was on 18 June 2009 during their Tour of the Universe, in front of a crowd of 57,544 people. The second one was on 18 July 2013 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 57,919 people. The 2009 show was recorded for the group's live albums project Recording the Universe.
Pearl Jam, 20 June 2014.
One Direction, performed on 28 and 29 June 2014 during their Where We Are, in front of a sold out crowd. Both shows were recorded for the group's third movie "One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film".
The stadium is located in the north-western part of Milan. It can be reached by underground via the dedicated San Siro metro station (line 5, lilac color, direction San Siro where it ends), located just in front of the stadium. Or by tram, with line 16 ending right in front. Lotto metro station (line 1, red color, and lilac line 5) is about 15 minutes walk away from San Siro.
San Siro Museum
In the stadium there is also a museum about AC Milan and Inter Milan's story with historical shirts, cups and trophies, shoes, art objects and souvenirs of all kinds.
1990 FIFA World Cup
The stadium was one of the venues of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:
|Date||Team #1||Res.||Team #2||Round|
|1990-06-10||West Germany||4–1||Yugoslavia||Group D|
|1990-06-15||West Germany||5–1||United Arab Emirates||Group D|
|1990-06-19||West Germany||1–1||Colombia||Group D|
|1990-06-24||West Germany||2–1||Netherlands||Round of 16|
-  2011–12 UEFA CL Season
- The history of the San Siro stadium. AC Milan.com. (accessed 18 October 2011)
- "Milan to host 2016 UEFA Champions League final". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 18 September 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
- "Almanacco Illustrato del Milan", Panini, Modena (it.)
- The architectural structure of San Siro was shared in Italy with Marassi that, as private home ground of Genoa CFC, hadn't athletics track.
- "Milan to host 2016 UEFA Champions League final". www.uefa.com. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Struttura". SanSiro.net. Retrieved 25 February 2010.[dead link]
- Amiche per l'Abruzzo
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