The Giuseppe Meazza Stadium (commonly known as San Siro) is a football stadium in the San Siro district of Milan, Italy, which is the home of A.C. Milan and Inter Milan. It has a seating capacity of 80,018, making it one of the largest stadiums in Europe, and the largest in Italy.
The San Siro is a UEFA category four stadium. It hosted six games at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and four European Cup finals, in 1965, 1970, 2001 and 2016.
Giuseppe Meazza is comprised of the following four stands: Green (Curva Nord), Arancio (East), Blu (Curva South) and Rosso (West).
The San Siro is built in a bowl type style with four distinct areas. There is the Green Stand, also known as the Curva Nord, the Arancio Stand that’s in the East, the Blu Stand that’s also called the Curva Sud, and the Rosso Stand that’s located in the West.
The hardcore fans of Inter Milan take residence in the Curva Nord, whilst their AC Milan counterparts prefer to sit in the Curva Sud. All of the ground has three tiers apart from the East stand that only has two. The Rosso Stand is the main stand in the ground and hosts the changing rooms, the technical areas and the dugouts. It is also the stand that has some of the most expensive seats in the stadium, so if you buy hospitality tickets then this is likely where you’ll be sat.
Depending on which team is at home the position of the away fans changes however regardless of which curva the away fans are in the ticket allocation is usually always for the third tier right at the back of the stadium. Below outlines the seating sections for away fans based on who is playing at home:
Inter Milan: Curva Sud (Blue) Sections 301 -318
AC Milan: Curva Nord (Green) Sections 343-360
An easy way to work out where you will be sitting is to find the opposite of where the Ultras for each Milan team sit. Inter = Curva Nord, Milan = Curva Sud.
Generally, away from the main area, food is cheap with a pizza or pasta dish costing between €7-€10 while there are also a number of cafes and trattorias that serve paninis throughout the day.
Once you get to the stadium there are a handful of food trucks which sell some fast-food such as fries and hot-dogs however compared to your average English stadia it was somewhat lacking. Inside the concourses there are mobile vendors who travel around the stands selling popcorn, biscuits, crisps and what appeared to be alcohol free beer.
The neighbourhood of San Siro where the stadium sits isn’t the nicest area of Milan, and there really aren’t many pubs within proximity to the stadium which are suitable for the average neutral tourist.
The central area of Milan as marked by the ring-road is full of bars and restaurants at every corner and depending on your starting point you might just want to explore the area and use your judgement. The area directly around the Duomo is usually heaving with tourists however it is a decent reference point and within a ten-minute radius you can find some decent pubs either in the sports bar or Irish Pub mould.
Milan is serviced by three airports: Malpensa, Linate and Bergamo. Malpensa and Linate, being the airports closer to the city centre, are generally more expensive to fly into than Bergamo although shuttle buses and taxis can bring you to the centre of the city from each, a taxi would be considerably costly.
Bergamo is serviced by Ryanair and is cheaper for flights while a shuttle bus return service can bring you to Stazione Centrale in Milan in just under an hour for €10.
The easiest and most simple way to travel to the stadium is by Metro and it’s a 20 minute walk to the stadium although you can board a free shuttle bus which drops supporters off at the gates of the stadium.
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