Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

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Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
Full name Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
Nickname San Siro
Built 1925
Opened 1926
Capacity 85,700
Home of AC Milan and Inter Milan
Pitch size 105 x 68 mt

The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, also known as the San Siro, is a football stadium in Milan, Italy. It is the home stadium for two major Italian Football League teams: A.C. Milan and Internazionale, and one of the most famous soccer stadia in the world. Although it has been officially renamed Giuseppe Meazza in honour of the Inter and Milan player of the '30s and '40s, it is still commonly called the San Siro.

The stadium construction started in 1925 in the Milanese district of San Siro, which gave its original name. The idea to build a stadium in the same district of the horse racing track, belongs to the man who then was the president of A.C. Milan, Piero Pirelli. The architects designed a stadium only for soccer (there is no athletics track in it). The inauguration was on 19 September 1926, when 35,000 spectators saw Inter defeat A.C. Milan 6-3. Actually, during the first years the stadium was property of A.C. Milan and only A.C. Milan played its home matches there. Then in 1935 the Commune of Milan (council) bought the stadium and this allowed the stadium itself to be renovated. Internazionale started to play its home matches in the San Siro stadium only in 1947.

San Siro is one of the top 23 European football stadiums rated "5-star stadiums" by U.E.F.A..

A view of the San Siro from a nearby street.
A view of the San Siro from a nearby street.



  • 1939 End stands enlarged and corners filled in. A crowd of 55,000 for Italy 2 England 2.
  • 1940 65,000 for Italy v Germany.
  • 1956 Completion of two tiers giving a claimed capacity of 150,000 but actually around 100,000. Opened in April 25, in front of 125,000 spectators for Italia - Brasil 3-0 (Goals: Virgili 2, De Sordi). After the Heysel tragedy the capacity was reduct to 90,000 in the mid 80's.
  • 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 meters high. Top roof at 60 meters
  • 1990 Third tier completed on three sides giving an all seated capacity of 88,500.
  • 2002 Sky Box: 20 for 200 seats. 400 all-seats for journalists.
  • 2003 85,700 all-seats

Most Famous Matches

San Siro Photo Gallery

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