|Address||Piazzale Angelo Moratti, Milano MI, Italy|
|Club||AC Milan, F.C. Internazionale Milano|
|Build Date||1926. Renovated in 2015-2016|
|Architect||Alberto Cugini, Ulisse Stacchini|
|Average Attendance||40,294 (Season 2017 – 2018)|
|Record Attendance||80,000 (Italy vs New Zealand, 2009)|
|Stadium Cost||$17 million (renovation cost)|
|Roof||Covers all seats|
|Who is the owner of San Siro?||Municipality of Milan|
|Pitch Size||105m by 68m|
|Where is San Siro located?||45.478080°N 9.12400°E|
|Nickname||Giuseppe Meazza Stadium|
|Surface||GrassMaster hybrid grass|
San Siro is certainly one of the most recognizable European arenas. It boasts 90+ years of rich history hosting two top clubs – AC Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano. Despite numerous arguments between the fans of two clubs, the president of AC Milan initiated the process of building Giuseppe Meazza back in the 1920s. After the team occupied several playgrounds, it was high time it settled down on its new home arena.
The stadium initially had the capacity of 35,000 seats. It was opened in 1926 costing 5 million Italian liras. Later it was redesigned gaining higher capacity until its last renovations in 2015-2016. The stadium highlights its stunning exterior design and unusual shape. Side columns have become the main signature of San Siro over the years. However, the stadium features a traditional bowl shape inside featuring several categories of seats. The stands are as follows:
- Green Stand (Curva Nord).
- Orange Stand (Arancio East).
- Blue Stand (Curva Sud).
- Red Stand (Rosso, West).
While Orange and Red stands are for casual spectators, Green and Blue stands are divided between AC Milan and F.C. Inter supporters respectively. However, the away positions might change depending what team is the host and what curva is away. For instance, AC Milan supporters need to follow the Green Stand if Milan is a home team and the Blue Stand if it plays away.
View from my seat
Have you ever purchased tickets to a spectacular event only to be disappointed that your seat has an obstructed view? In most cases, we buy tickets without the ability to research this important aspect. I hope that the View from My Seat feature will solve this issue for my readers. Choose any sector from the drop-down menu below. Immediately you’ll find out what kind of view you can expect from a certain point of the stadium.
The situation with tickets can be rather unpredictable considering the fact that San Siro is the host stadium for two teams at the same time. Prices might change drastically. However, StubHub will be your reliable helper when it comes to finding the best prices and seats in advance without overpaying.
AC Milan tickets
As a rule, Curva Nord tickets are sold out. You will have to choose from Orange and Red Stand while some Green and Blue Stand lower-tier seats might be available as well. The price usually ranges from 22$ to 44$ for the seats behind the net. Central tier tickets in the middle of the bowl may go up to 156$. Most expensive tickets from the Cat A vary between 33$ and 278$.
The price may also depend on the game. League match tickets are lower if compared with international matches. You can book seats at the official website. Tickets for AC Milan games are also available in Banca Popolare di Milano branches. Simply visit any of its TicketOne outlets.
F.C. Inter tickets
If you want to see F.C. Inter playing at Giuseppe Meazza, you should be prepared to pay a bit more. Regular category seats cost from 33$ to 167$ for lower-tier seats located in the middle of the arena. Cat A ticket prices vary from 72$ to 306$. You can benefit from the official website featuring match schedules and important fans’ information.
The arena is located in a peaceful residential area. On the other hand, there appeared many new hotels and facilities for visitors and locals. San Siro is easily reachable from different types of public transport. It means that you will hardly face any problems in finding a proper accommodation. Especially when using Booking.com. A fast and risk-free service provides detailed descriptions, prices and hotel overviews letting you choose the best deal.
- Bed & Breakfast A San Siro – the hotel boasts a superb location. It is 400 meters from San Siro. The nearest bus station is Lampugnano, which is 300 meters away from the venue. All guests may take the advantage from the shuttle service that will take them to and from the bus station. It means you will never get lost. The nearest tube station is only 250 meters from the hotel. One night here will cost you $290 for a convenient double room with a private bathroom.
- MI. Style Bed and Breakfast – what can be better for the match day than a property located 200 meters from the legendary San Siro? The hotel is right next to San Siro Stadium metro station. It will take you several minutes to get to the arena. Tidy and cozy rooms offer all necessary facilities with a shared bathroom. The price for a single room starts from $57 per night including amazing breakfast. A huge fireplace in the kitchen obviously adds some style and atmosphere of home.
- Luci A San Siro – a pretty affordable property offers double rooms with a shared bathroom. The location is very good. Moreover, a good breakfast is already included in the price. One night will cost you $127.
- San Siro In Casa – a stylish and cozy hotel located in the residential area right next to Giuseppe Meazza. It will take you a couple of minutes to get to the stadium located 650 m away from the property. A spacious double room with a shared bathroom starts at $87, which is quite low considering the location and other features.
- B&B Hotel Milano San Siro – the property is very close to the San Siro Stadium Metro. If you look for more entertainments after the match, you can visit the Rho Exhibition Centre. It is about 15-minute walk from the hotel. A double room with a shower and satellite TV will cost you $58/night.
- Sansiro 47 – located 5-minute walk from the arena, the property is surrounded by the bus stop and metro stations. You can easily get to major Milano attractions as well as to the downtown. The hotel has its own gym, an outdoor terrace, a cozy restaurant, and more. A good value for only $68 per night.
How to get to
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is located in the residential area about 6 km from the historical center of Milano. The city boasts a developed public transport network with full of easy ways to get to the arena as well as to the main places of interest. You can choose from a bus or metro as well as take a taxi or walk from the nearest hotel.
By Tube – San Siro Stadio metro station is very close to Giuseppe Meazza. It will take you several minutes to get to the stadium from there. The station is located on Line 5. If you take Line 1, you can get to the Lotto station, which is the nearest one to San Siro. All metro lines are easily accessible across the entire city.
By Bus – Lampugnano is the nearest bus station to the stadium. At the same time, you can take numerous other bus routes including numbers 49, 64, 78, 80 and 89. They all stop not far from the arena.
By Taxi – it will take you about 20-25 minutes to get from the downtown to the stadium. The trip will cost you around 28$. However, you should bear in mind congested roads especially on the matchday. For this reason, traveling to the stadium by car is hardly a good idea as well.
By Train – Milano railway station accepts trains from Paris three times a day. TGV trains will take you to the city from the French capital in 7 hours. A good idea is to take Thello night train for those who crave for great night views and romantic atmosphere.
By Plane – located only 7 km from the city center, Milano Linate international airport can be equally good for budget tourists considering low ticket prices. You can also get to the Milan-Malpensa, which is the largest airport around Milano. However, it will take you more time to get to the city. It is about 40 km away from the downtown.
It’s always hard to park the car in Milan. But this problem gets more and more complicated closer to the starting whistle of an important football battle. However, there is always a solution. The approximate matchday paid parking price near the sports venue in Milan is 11$.
Eating out nearby
Italy is certainly the best destination for real gourmets. Milano offers a selection of traditional venues serving Mediterranean meals paired with fine wines, desserts and more to treat your belly in the best way. The motherland of pizza, pasta and cappuccino has certainly something to offer as well as Milano, which is the trendiest city in the country.
Pubs, bars & cafes
- Cafe’ People – you have never seen such a huge selection of cakes and pastries before. Located not far from the stadium, the venue offers an enormous range of traditional Italian sandwiches, cakes, muffins, chocolates, sweets and more. Order a cup of local-brewed coffee for a boost of energy before the match.
- Chiringuito San Siro – a great venue to spend a couple of hours outdoors while enjoying cocktails. The spot boasts a huge bar with an enormous selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for any taste. Try fruit smoothies that will be refreshing even after the hottest match.
- Old Tenconi Pub – a traditional Italian pub with multiple wine offerings. Here you can also try some beers available on tap in addition to your snack.
- Ristorante Canter Ippodromo San Siro – a lavish place for those who crave for Italian luxury and amazing meals from a local chef. The venue serves three-course meals in addition to seasonal specialties. Guests will appreciate stylish interior.
- America Graffiti Diner Restaurant Milano San Siro – a great place for a later dinner after the match. The venue introduces its American-style menu featuring dishes with meat, chicken, and fish. Local visitors have a high value for steaks.
Things to see at the stadium
Have you ever dreamt to walk the same way as Shevchenko, Vieri, Maldini, and Zanetti did? Would you like to experience the most amazing view of the “Scala del Calcio”? San Siro stadium tours will make our dream come true. Guests can take the advantage of guided and private tours available on 10 different languages including Chinese and Indonesian.
Giuseppe Meazza stadium tours will let you follow the step’s of your football idols. You will pass through the legendary tunnel and visit footballers’ dressing rooms. You will enter the pitch to feel the stadium’s glory from the inside. Hurry up to benefit from special offer “Bring your family to San Siro!”: 2 adults + 2 under 14 = 56$.
- GetYourGuide – book the tour.
The museum at Giuseppe Meazza is actually the first Italian football museum ever. It tells the glorious story of both AC Milan and F.C. Inter highlighting their historical belongings. You can come across memorable trophies and artifacts like cleats, authentic shirts, art objects and many other great things to see. The museum is closed at matchdays. The ticket price is as follows:
- Adults – 8$.
- Ages up to 14 and over 65 – 5$.
- FREE for: kids under 6 years, disabled.
The local fan shop is the main destination for the most dedicated Inter and Milan supporters. Here you can buy official kits, jerseys and football shoes. Moreover, the store sells exclusive things branded only by two teams. The atmosphere inside the shop is created by Radio San Siro to let you know the latest match results and highlights.
Things to do in Milan
Milan is a great place to visit whether you are a history lover or a true fashionista. The city is the capital of Italian and international fashion industry introducing some of the biggest names and design houses. You can buy an award-winning dress or suite right from the catwalk. At the same time, the city has some great monuments, art galleries and cathedrals to see. Everyone will find an attraction to get busy with before the kick off.
Bus sightseeing tours are the best bet to see some of the major Milan places of interest within a short period of time. Costing only 26$ per person, they let you arrange the trip and choose the best-matching time for the excursion. The tour consists of 30 different stops including such highlights as Sant Ambrogio, Parco Basiliche, Castello, Palazzo Lombardia and more.
- GetYourGuide – book the tours.
Top 3 places to visit
Duomo di Milano – located in the historical center, this cathedral has turned into the city’s main historical signature. It boasts amazing architecture and looks like from a fairytale. Gothic lines and white marble make this building truly overwhelming.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – also known as Milan’s drawing room, it is one of the first Galleries in Europe. It is a place where businessmen and tourists meet to create a single flow of people surrounded by states of art, galleries and other places to visit.
Leonardo’s Last Supper – here you can witness the immortal Da Vinci painting that is surrounded by numerous myths and secrets.
Updated on 9/11/2018, after visiting Inter-Milan derby on 22/10/2018.
Tickets. The first tickets were on stock by September 10. However, only season membership holders could access them. Those who were lucky to get Siamo Noi cards got their chance to purchase tickets starting from September 13. All the rest had to wait until September 20 to get the desired ticket.
I was waiting with anticipation for my chance to get the desired ticket. Once they have gone on stock, I visited the official website https://www.inter.it/en/biglietteria and found myself to be a 259th customer in the queue for the ticket. A few free seats were available by that time.
All seats above the third tier were occupied (I was aware of the fact that the fence on the lower tiers appears to be a huge obstacle for a great pitch overview). Luckily, I traveled alone, as it would be impossible to book two seats located next to each other. Anyway. I made my mind to buy any ticket available despite the location. Finally, I got my seat #3 in section 233, third row. It cost me 217$.
Siamo Noi card. After visiting the official website, I finally got it! The card lets fans with tickets in advance to have some seating alternatives. Moreover, the chance to see Inter playing away was an amazing experience. I ordered the card on the website. It cost me 50$ including the delivery to Ukraine. I received it on October 26 after I came back home after the match.
Hotel. My goal was to find a hotel right next to the arena. Why? It’s pretty simple. First of all, I’ve never visited Milan before. As I waited with anticipation for the match, I would hardly be happy in case of missing the starting whistle due to traffic jams, crowds of people around or any other stumbling blocks. The matchday was followed by congested roads and hordes of fans stepping out of the tube. It took me 5 minutes to get from the hotel door to San Siro.
Secondly, I have booked the stadium tour in advance on October 20. I did not have to pass through the entire city to get to San Siro on the next day after the match. I had my breakfast and set off for the tour.
Thirdly, the property location let me enjoy the stadium overview 24/7. This fact certainly gave my spirit a new boost of energy. As it was mentioned earlier, I stayed at MI. Style for 4 nights from September 19 to 23. It cost me $384. To be honest, I loved the place considering its great location. San Siro metro station is right next to the hotel. It took me 5 minutes to get to the stadium.
How to get to San Siro from Malpensa airport. I took Malpensa Express and headed to Milano Porta Garibaldi. The ticket price was $13. When I arrived, I entered Garibaldi FS metro station without actually leaving the tube. I bought a travel card with 10 rides and headed San Siro Stadio metro station.
Stadium Tour. I followed the link from the article above and picked 3 tours through the GetYourGuide service. They included a Stadium Tour, Milan bus sightseeing and Duomo tours. All programs are great. Enjoyed all three tours.
The Match. My words fail me when I try to describe all the feelings and emotions from the matchday! Note that you can be asked to show your ID and the ticket when entering the stadium.
Places to eat and drink near San Siro. I visited Old Tenconi pub and La Barchetta Srl Ristorante Pizzeria restaurant. The venues are very close to the hotel and about 6-7 minutes’ walk from the stadium. The food and the atmosphere are great!
Summing up, I can say that the trip was fabulous! I’ve never experienced such a blast of emotions. I do hope I will have a chance to come back to San Siro once more.