The Football Empire Stadium

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium located in the San Siro district in Milan, Italy. On 3 March 1980, the stadium was named in honor of Giuseppe Meazza, the two-time  Word Cup winner (1934-1938) who played for Internazionale, and briefly for AC Milan in the 1930 and 1940s. It is the home of two clubs: AC Milan and Internazionale. It held UEFA five-star stadium status which has since been superseded by a new system of classification.

The construction of the stadium began in 1925 and with the new stadium originally named “Nuovo Stadio Calcistico San Siro” (New San Siro Football Stadium). The idea was to build a stadium in the same district as the horse racing track and to create a real new stadium where you are directly on the field by erasing all the protection established for containing football supporters. The architects designed a private stadium only for football, without athletics tracks.

The inauguration was held on 19 September 1926 when 35,000 spectators saw Internazionale defeat Milan 6-3. Originally, the ground was home and property of AC Milan, but in 1947, Internazionale 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, and is set host the 2016 final match as well. The stadium was also used for Internazionale’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 1997-1998.

The stadium underwent further renovations for the 1990 Word Cup with $60 million being spent, bringing the stadium up to UEFA category four standards. As part of the renovations, the stadium became all seated, with an extra tier being added to three sides of the stadium. Four of these concrete towers were corners to support a new roof which has distinctive protruding red girders.

My personal statement/personal experience
I’ve been inside the stadium a few times and it was extremely amazing because it feels like being on the field and playing with the football players. You are like the 12th player of your soccer team! If you get a ticket in the first rows, you have the sensation of being able to touch the players. The stadium has three rings which shows your position in the stadium. The first ring is the nearest because you are really close to the field. By the way, the second ring is good as well because you are farther from the field but you have the right elevation allowing you to see the match much better. The last ring is too far away from the field and honestly I don’t advise you to go there. During the winter, it’s very cold and sometimes you freeze as your skin turns to ice. That’s incredible but it could happen!

Where can you buy tickets?
All info on how to get tickets can be found on the AC Milan and FC Inter websites.

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