The Milan clubs of AC and Inter are two of Europe’s most glamorous sporting institutions. Conveniently for those keen to see them in the flesh, both play at the same venue, the iconic Stadio San Siro, located in the northwest area of the city. With a capacity of 80,000, this is a magnificent venue in its own right, and one of Europe’s last remaining traditional stadiums. But it is the passion of the fans that helps create a truly captivating atmosphere and experience.
A choreographed crowd display at the San Siro (Photo: r yau via Flickr)
The Italian league season runs from August to May, with a 16-day winter break from mid-December to the start of January. Both AC and Inter Milan play 19 home games a season, with several cup games (including European games) usually on top of that as well. If you’d like to attend a game featuring one – or both – clubs, you can view full fixture lists for the upcoming season with a quick search online.
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Attendances at football matches in Italy have somewhat tailed off in recent years, and as a result it is fairly easy for tourists to pick up tickets for most games. One of the exceptions to this, of course, is the AC and Inter derby, but if you’re happy to attend another match, then there are plenty of options available for getting hold of a ticket. We’ve researched them and presented our findings below.
For the majority of AC Milan and Inter Milan home games, a sizeable number of tickets tend to become available on general sale. The notable exception is for the legendary Milan derby, so if you want to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition and attend one of these fabled fixtures, then your best bet is one of the websites listed down below. But if you’re content to see a less high profile match, then you should be able to pick up a ticket via the club. Ticket details for specific games are frequently updated on both clubs’ respective websites, so if you already know the match you want to go to, then keep checking online for when the information is available. You can purchase tickets either online, on the phone, at the stadium or at specific points around the city.
Many people might be thinking of attending a game during their trip to Milan, but don’t want to commit until they arrive. The great thing about Ticketbis is that it gives you a chance of getting a ticket all the way up to kick-off. The website is an online ticket exchange platform that advertises tickets for sports and entertainment events all over Europe. Users set the price, and buyers weigh up the value. Amazingly, while tickets for high profile games are usually very expensive on Ticketbis, when we did some research we found tickets available for October’s Milan derby available for just £53 – incredible value for a game that many would give their right leg to attend!
The San Siro is a little way out of the city centre and so if your main purpose for visiting Milan is to attend a game, then you may favour staying in a hotel close to the hotel. This is where Thomas Cook Sports come in. Part of the Thomas Cook travel agency, they create packages that include both a match ticket and hotel stays for at least one night (with the option to add more nights for extra cost). For matches at the San Siro, they have partnered with several hotels within easy reach of the ground by bus or metro. As well as tickets and hotels, you can also add stadium and museum tours to your package. Pricing varies depending on the opposition – and of course the standard of hotel – but usually represents excellent value.