Most tourists head to Milan to see the famous Dome, visit galleries and historical sites, but…we aren´t like most tourists! As you all know, we are a football family, so during our visit to the Italian metropolis we first headed to the famous San Siro football stadium.
Stadio San Siro, or Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (named after the famous player who played for both Inter and AC), with a capacity of 80,018 spectators, is one of the biggest in Europe and the biggest in Italy. Two teams from the Italian football league share this stadium: Internazionale (commonly known as Inter) and AC Milan. Btw. can you imagine that Sparta and Slavia would share one stadium? I can´t!
But a few weeks before the visit, we experienced one disappointment (fortunately the only one). We intended to surprise our kids by visiting the stadium during the football match. We knew that at the time of our visit the last match of the season (Inter against Udinese) will be played. The kick-off of the match was great: 15:00, so there was nothing more than to wait than to put tickets on the Internet for on-line sale. But, on this day, they changed the game time to 21:00. As I wrote, it was the last match of the season and therefore all kick-offs had been synchronized to one time, unfortunately, totally unsuitable for us 🙁 And there was only hope that we would enjoy our visit without watching the match.
How to get there
You can reach the stadium by the M5 metro line (local call it “lila”), from the station “San Siro Stadio” (this is the terminate station so you can´t miss it) it´s a short walk to the stadium. The line M5 is brand new, plus trains are run without a train driver, which made the kids absolutely excited. Just imagine, you rush through the tunnel, you pass the oncoming trains – just better than the roller coaster! 🙂
To get to the ticket office, you have to go to the left to the Gate No.8. The ticket is common to both the museum and the stadium. For adults, it costs 17euro, reduced admission 12euro, children up to 6 years have free admission.
The ground floor is dedicated to the stadium – its construction, reconstructions and, of course, the famous games and the players who played there.
On the first floor, you will learn about the achievements of both teams, whether in the Italian league or in international competitions, e.t. the AC Milan´s victory in the UEFA Champions League in 2007. In the gallery, you can admire the jerseys of both teams and Italian national team players.
PS: After entering the museum, do not throw away the ticket – you will still need to be able to enter the stadium!
After entering the stadium, we first went through the press zone where the players give interviews after the game.
When we found out that we could enter the changing rooms of both teams, we started to have goosebumps. Who isn´t a football fan probably won´t understand our feelings and our thoughts, “OMG, am I really entering the AC Milan´s changing room? Like really? OMG, I´m here! Seriously! Is it not just a dream? OMG…
Helpful staff answered our tricky questions here and told us a few interesting facts. Did you know, for example, that both clubs don´t even train on the San Siro Stadium, but have their training centers in the north of Italy at the border with Switzerland? Unfortunately, we haven´t been told the exact location 🙁
If we had goosebumps entering the changing rooms, you can probably imagine how excited we were entering the stadium itself! I mean, one knows this place only from a TV screen, right?!
Here you can buy all sorts of souvenirs with the logos of both clubs – starting from keychains, ending with the latest collection of jerseys. You can also have your name printed on the jersey. Here we were good parents who sometimes pamper their children and bought our boys a small table foosball.
I must say that for us the visit to the San Siro stadium has been the biggest football experience so far. And what was yours? Tell me in the comments! And do not forget to save this photo on Pinterest!