Giuseppe Meazza Stadium
|Giuseppe Meazza Stadium|
La Scala del Calcio
|Exterior view of the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium (2017)|
Stadio San Siro (until 1980)
|place||Piazzale Angelo Moratti 20151 Milan , Italy
|owner||City of Milan|
|start of building||1925|
|opening||September 19, 1926|
|First game||September 19, 1926
AC Milan 3-6 Inter Milan
|Renovations||1935, 1955, 1990, 2015|
|playing area||105 m × 68 m|
The Giuseppe Meazza Stadium ( Italian Stadio Giuseppe Meazza , formerly Stadio San Siro ), popularly also called San Siro , is a football stadium in the Italian city of Milan . It currently offers 75,923 spectators and is classified by UEFA in Category 4 , the highest stadium class . The largest stadium in Italy before the Olympic Stadium in Rome is home to the two Milanese football clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan . The stadium was the venue for the soccer world championships in 1934 and 1990 as well as the soccer championship in 1980 . In addition, several finals in the European Cup and the UEFA Champions League took place in San Siro .
The venue was previously named after the Milanese district of the same name, San Siro , and has been honoring the former Milanese soccer player Giuseppe Meazza with its name since 1980 . In Italy it is also known as " La Scala del calcio" ( German The Opera of Football ).
Since the opening on September 19, 1926, the Derby della Madonnina city derby between AC Milan and Inter Milan has been held in the stadium. Today it seats 80,018 spectators, of which 5,200 are business seats. 300 of the seats are in the boxes . In addition, there are 223 press spaces and 244 handicapped-accessible spaces. When it opened, there were only around 10,000 places available. In 1939 an expansion and renovation brought the capacity to 55,000 spectators. In the mid-1950s, the San Siro offered around 100,000 seats. With the renovation work for the football World Cup in 1990 , the available space fell to around 85,000. It is classified in UEFA stadium category 4 , the highest classification of the European Football Association. In the stadium there is a museum, which is operated jointly by both clubs, restaurants and fan shops .
The stadium was built in 1925/26 in the San Siro district of Milan and sold to the city in 1935. In 1954/55 it was expanded to accommodate 100,000 visitors based on plans by Armando Ronca and Ferruccio Calzolari. On March 2, 1980, the stadium was renamed in memory of the recently deceased Milanese footballer Giuseppe Meazza .
The stadium got its current appearance on the occasion of the soccer world championship in 1990 , when it was extended by a third rank. This is held by a total of eleven towers, four of which protrude clearly visible into the interior of the stadium and also support the steel frame of the glass roof. These four towers also house the stairs to the individual tiers, as well as bars, snack bars and toilets.
2001 was the San Siro venue for the Champions League -Finalspiels that the Bayern Munich against the Spanish club FC Valencia with 5: 4 won on penalties. A smoking ban imposed by the Milan City Council has been in place in the entire stadium since 2005. Violations are sanctioned with a fine of up to 250 euros.
For safety reasons, the capacity of the San Siro will be reduced from the 2019/20 season. The city authorities closed six areas of the upper tier because fans had noticed the grandstand swaying. After a game against Atalanta Bergamo , the city's fire brigade and technicians examined the statics . As the two Milan clubs and the city emphasize, there was never any danger to the visitors. The available space fell from 80,018 by 2,350 to 77,668.
In July 2018, the city of Milan presented plans to renovate the venue at a cost of 15 million euros. At the end of March 2019, Inter boss Alessandro Antonello told Sky Italia that Inter and AC had agreed to build a new stadium and that it would be the best solution for both clubs. They have been working together on the San Siro project for a few months and want to announce a decision shortly. As the official owner of the stadium, the city will ultimately decide on the future of the nearly 100-year-old stadium. At the beginning of March, some data on the planning became known. The cost of the new stadium should have a financial volume of 600 million euros and it should offer 60,000 seats. Part of the financing is to be covered by a name sponsor . The aim is to achieve at least 25 million euros annually. The new building is to be built on the parking lot of the old San Siro . The two clubs would do the demolition. As an option, there should possibly be a closable roof so that other events can be held. So that the stadium does not rise up as far as the Meazza Stadium, the playing area and the lower spectator tier should be sunk into the ground. With a club's own stadium, the clubs would have better financial opportunities compared to the series champion Juventus Turin with the Allianz Stadium and in international comparison. While the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium earned a total of 35 million euros in 2018, the Emirates Stadium of Arsenal FC in London raised 112 million euros. A delegation from the two clubs with CEOs Antonello and Ivan Gazidis visited the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford in the United States to find out about modern stadium construction. On June 24, 2019, the day the 2026 Winter Olympics were awarded to Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo , the chairmen of both clubs announced that they would jointly build a new stadium next to the previous venue. Commissioning is planned for the 2022/23 season, after which the old stadium will be demolished. This contrasts with the statement made by the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala , according to which the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will take place in old San Siro.
In addition to soccer games, numerous music concerts are held in the stadium. In 1960 a boxing match between Duilio Loi and Carlos Ortiz also took place here. In November 2009 Italy played an international rugby match against New Zealand in front of 80,000 spectators .
Location and public transport
The stadium is located in the west of Milan and can be reached by tram line 16, which ends directly at the stadium. Since the end of April 2015, the stadium has been directly accessible from the San Siro Stadio station on metro line 5. Furthermore, the Lotto station of the metro is close to the stadium, which can be reached by taking line 1. There is a shuttle service on event days, which means that visitors can reach the stadium free of charge from the Lotto station .
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