The world famous San Siro is home to two of Italy’s most famous football clubs – A.C. Milan and Inter Milan.
The ground was opened in 1926, built in just 13 months as A.C. Milan looked to replace their former home at the Viale Lombardia which had become too small. The San Siro was built in the style of a traditional English stadium and hosted its first match on the 19th September 1926 with a friendly between Milan and Inter, Inter winning 6-3 in front of 35,000.
Three matches at the 1934 FIFA World Cup were held at the stadium, including a semi-final in which Italy defeated 1-0 as they went on to win the tournament. A year later the city of Milan purchased San Siro and increased capacity to 55,000.
Inter Milan became joint-tenants in 1947 after moving away from Arena Civica. In 1955, capacity was expanded further to 85,000. Subsequently, San Siro hosted two European Cup finals in 1965 (Inter Milan defeating Benfica 1-0) and 1970 (Feyenoord defeating Celtic 2-1).
In 1980, the stadium was officially named Stadio Giuseppe Meazza after the local player who had played for both teams, as well as managing Inter on three occasions. Later the same year, three group matches of UEFA Euro 1980 were played at the new named ground.
With Italy hosting the 1990 FIFA World Cup, major renovations of San Siro were sought from 1987. This included the construction of a third tier and a roof to cover all 85,700 seats. During the tournament, the stadium hosted four group matches (including the opening match in which Cameroon defeated Argentina 1-0), a Round of 16 and a quarter-final.
The stadium has since been refurbished which has seen capacity reduced to 75,923. Two more UEFA Champions League finals were held there which both finished in a penalty shoot-out – in 2001 Bayern Munich defeated Valencia and in 2016 Real Madrid defeated city rivals Atlético.
In addition, San Siro has hosted three first legs of the UEFA Cup Final for Inter Milan in 1991, 1994 and 1997. In 2009, an Italian record 80,000 watched the Italian rugby union team lose 20-6 to the All Blacks of New Zealand.
The future of the stadium remains uncertain, with Milan and Inter announcing plans to develop a new San Siro. However, the current stadium is due to host the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals as well as the Opening Ceremony of the 2026 Winter Olympics.
Tickets at San Siro
A.C. Milan – Tickets for A.C. Milan matches are available to purchase online through the official website here, or at any of the TicketOne sales points across Italy.
Inter Milan – Tickets for Inter Milan matches are available to purchase online through the official website here, or at 500 Vivaticket sales points across Italy.
Location & Travel to San Siro
The San Siro is located approximately 5 kilometres west of Milan’s city centre in northern Italy.
Airport: There are three airports within the vicinity of Milan:
- Milan Malpensa Airport is the second busiest airport in Italy and has a large number of services across Asia, Europe and North America. The airport is around 50 kilometres northwest of central Milan, with a train service connecting the airport with the city in 30-50 minutes.
- The Orio al Serio International Airport (also known as Milan Bergamo Airport) is the third busiest international airport in Italy, located approximately 45 kilometres northeast of Milan. The airport primarily has low cost flights to Europe, although does offer some flights to North Africa. There are several coach and bus services that run to Milan from the airport.
- Milan Linate Airport is the fifth busiest airport in Italy and has flights across continental Europe. The airport is just 8 kilometres east of the city and will soon have a metro service running between the two.
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Bus: Line 49 from Piazza Tirana, stops at Via Harar just a short walk away from the stadium. On matchdays, a shuttle bus service is available from Lotto station on the M1 metro line (Red).
Driving & Parking: From the A1, A4, (from Torino), A7 or A8 take the Tangenziale Ovest, exit in Milan Via Novara and follow directions to the San Siro. Parking is available near the stadium ranging from €30 to €50 and must be pre-booked in advance here.
Metro: The San Siro Stadio is a dedicated metro station for the stadium on the M5 metro line (Purple) which fully opened in 2015. Travelling from central Milan will likely require a change at Lotto on the M1 line (Red) or Garibaldi station on the M2 Line (Green). Alternatively on match days, a shuttle bus service is available from Lotto station.
Train: Milano Centrale is the main railway station of Milan and is the largest in Europe. There are high speed services across Italy as well as international services to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. From the station, take the M2 Metro line and change at Porta Garibaldi for the M5 line to the stadium as above.
Other main rail stations in the city include Milano Porta Garibaldi (use M5 metro line for stadium) and Milano Cadorna (take M1 line at change at Lotto as above).
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Tram: Tram line 16 from Piazza Fontana runs directly outside the stadium, with the San Siro the last stop.
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San Siro Stadium Tour & Museum
A stadium tour of San Siro also includes entry to the museum, which gives an insight into the vast history of both A.C. Milan and Inter Milan. The tour of the stadium can be ran by yourself or in small groups led by a guide and is available every day (limited on match days) between 9:30am and 6pm (5pm in Winter). Entry costs:
- Adult – €18
- Reduced – €12
- Children (under 6) – Free
- Family (2 Adults & 2 Children under 14) – €50
Further information and booking is available on the official website here.
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Last Updated on January 24, 2023 by Sports Tourist