San Siro, officially known as Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, is a football stadium situated in Milan (Italy), and the place where Italian clubs F.C. Internazionale Milano and A.C. Milan play their home national and international games.
With a current capacity of 80,074 seats, the arena in Lombardy is the largest in Italy. Built in 1925 (and opened on September 19, 1926 with a friendly match in which Internazionale defeat rivals Milan 6–3 in front of 35,000 fans), the stadium is named in honour of Italian football legend Giuseppe “Peppino” Meazza, who played both for Inter and Milan (but mainly for the “Nerazzurri”) and won the Football World Cup with the Italian National Football Team twice, in 1934 and 1938. Its initial name was “Nuovo Stadio Calcistico San Siro” (The New San Siro Football Stadium), as the arena has been owned by the Milan Municipality, yet originally the ground was home and property of AC Milan.
San Siro was the subject of major renovations during the years. It’s initial capacity was of only 26,000 seats and in 1955 the stadium’s capacity increased to 100,000 (in August 1956 100,000 spectators came to view the game between Italy and Brazil, which the “Azzurri” won 3–0), but was then decreased due to UEFA security and safety rules, especially after the Heysel Stadium tragedy. The stadium underwent another renovation phase during the preparations for the 1990 World Cup, as a budget of almost $60 million was spent for restructuring the stands (the arena became all seated), several facilities for both fans and squad staffs and a modern support for the new roof.
Besides the matches of Milan and Inter, San Siro has also hosted three UEFA Champions League finals (in 2001, 1970 and 1965) and is sometimes used for Italy’s national football team, although Italy has the tradition of playing on many different stadiums in several parts of the country.