What’s Happening in Milano in September 2014

September is a time for new beginnings. Students come back to school classrooms and university lecture halls, workers filter back into town after spending a few weeks at the beach or in the mountains. And the city of Milano comes to life with tons of cool events, from music to film to soccer to fashion. To find out about the biggest fests and happenings, read on!

MiTo logoMITO Music Festival
4-21 September
A yearly event held in both Turin and Milan, this festival brings music to the streets and halls of the city. Mostly focused on classical music, there are also jazz performances and other events like lectures, book presentations and exhibits. A closing dance party is also on the program, set for 21 September, at the Mercedes-Benz Center Milano. Ticket prices are different for each event, and can be purchased online or before the performance, if available. Don’t miss it!

Milano Film Festival
4-14 September
This annual movie fest has feature films, shorts, animated flicks, events and movies for kids lots of other side events. Films are from all over the world so lots of languages are represented, check out their website for more info. Ticket prices range from €4-8 and can be purchased before each screening. It’s a must for film lovers and a great way to enjoy the outdoor venues as the Milanese return to the city after summer break!

AC Milan logoSerie A Soccer Games at San Siro
14, 20, 24 and 28 September
AC Milan or Inter fan? The Serie A tournament kicked off at the end of August, which means the city’s soccer stadium will be packed whenever a game is scheduled: they’re typically on Sunday evenings, though games can also be on Sunday afternoon or Saturday evening or the occasional Wednesday evening game. The next matches will be:
– Inter-Sassuolo, Sunday 14 September, 3:00pm
– Milan-Juventus, Saturday 20 September, 8:45pm
– Inter-Atalanta, Wednesday 24 September, 8:45pm
– Inter-Cagliari, Sunday 28 September, 3:00pm
AC Milan tickets can be purchased online, at a Banca Populare di Milano branch or the AC Milan offices, near Portello. Get more info on the team’s website. Inter tickets can be purchased online or at one of the many Best Union sales points located in Milano and around Italy. Get more info on the team’s website.

Fashion's Night Out logoVogue Fashion’s Night Out
16 September
This event was created by the world-famous fashion magazine in NYC in 2009. It gradually expanded to include other fashion capitals and now events are organized in tons of cities around the world. What can you expect if you’re out on the town on the 16th? Lots of people hanging out in designer shops after-hours, some freebies, limited edition items, a fun look at the fall/winter fashions and maybe some celebrity sightings. What’s not to love to kick off fashion week?

Milan Fashion Week
17-22 September
Each fall after New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, fashionistas head to Milano to see  lots of great designers sending their newest looks down the runway. If you’ve got an “in” with the fashion world, you might be able to snag in invite to one of the shows. If not, you’ll have to settle for people watching outside the venues or watching live or taped fashion shows on the jumbo screens scattered around town.

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.