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Stadio San Siro




Teams: Inter and Milan
Capacity: 80,074
Built: 1926
City: Milan

Home to both Inter and AC Milan, two of the country's most successful football clubs, the stadium is officially known as the Giuseppe Meazza. Named in honour of the Inter and Milan player of the 1930's and 1940's, Meazza played for both sides but enjoyed greater success with Inter and is more favoured by the inter fans; as a result Milan supporters favour the original name of the San Siro and the name that has stuck with world football.

Originally built in 1925, the inauguration of the San Siro was on 19th September 1926 when 35,000 spectators saw Inter defeat Milan 6-3. Further renovations have lead to the San Siro as currently being considered one of the best stadiums in the world. The architects designed the stadium for sole use as a football stadium. This means that there is no athletics track (that is often found and criticised at European grounds) and allows the stands to be built much closer to the pitch. With the spectators being so close to the action, the stands being so steep and with a large roof, it is considered to have one of the best atmospheres of any stadium in the world.

The most notable rennovation was brought about in 1990 ready for the Italia 90 Word Cup. This saw the development of a thrid tier added to 3 sides of the ground and the construction of the distinguishable 11concreter towers outside of the ground, 4 of which support the equally distinctive roof with it's protruding red gurders. The developments saw the San Siro become an all seater stadiium, bringing up to UEFA 5 star standards, allowing it to bid for and host the Champions League final.

Before becoming an all seater the stadiums highers official capacity was 150,000 when the second teir was added. Although this claimed figure by Milan the actual capacity was probably on 125,000, which is still very impressive. With the groud origianlly owned by Milan, inter later became tennents and have growned shared ever since. Both teams are now infact tennants and the ground is owned by the Municipality of Milan. It is rumoured that in the future the third tier will be added to the east side of the stadium, however this requires the purchase of land from the present Hippodrome, behind the stadium.


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