In addition to Milan’s temple of football, the San Siro Meazza Stadium, there are several Milanese sports arenas that have become landmarks for national and international sport which attract fans of various sports to the city every year.
Let's discover the places where the most important European and world level competitions are commemorated.
1. Arena Civica “Gianni Brera” – the temple of athletics - Viale Giorgio Byron 2
The Arena Civica, one of Milan’s symbolic monuments, stands at the edge of Parco Sempione.
Over the centuries, the Arena has hosted the most incredibly diverse and spectacular sporting events: from naumachia, simulations of naval battles for mass entertainment created by flooding the track with water from the Naviglio, to horse racing, firework displays, circus shows and skating.
In the early 1900s it was the official Ambrosiana-Inter pitch until the construction of the San Siro stadium.
Today it represents one of the city’s main multifunctional large-capacity sports facilities for hosting international-level athletics competitions, as well as being an iconic stage for live music concerts.
2. Allianz Cloud Arena ex Palalido– – the temple of basket, tennis and padel- Piazza Carlo Stuparich 1
The multipurpose Allianz Cloud Arena, former known as the PalaLido in Milan, is in the vicinity of Piazzale Lotto.
This historic 1930s facility is extremely popular in the summer months thanks to its outdoor pools. It underwent a complete renovation in 2019 in compliance with energy-saving criteria, focused on sustainable choices and respect for the environment.
Today, this iconic venue hosts major international volleyball, basketball, tennis and padel events.
3. Mediolanum Forum Assago - the temple of hockey and basketball - via G. Di Vittorio 6 - Assago
The Mediolanum Forum Assago was established in 1990 as a multipurpose structure and, thanks to its particularly innovative project, it earned the 1994 European Architecture Award for Sports Facilities, awarded by CONI and the Council of Europe.
Currently the Forum is a sports facility primarily dedicated to hockey and basketball but it also stages an extensive calendar of concerts by major national and international artists.
4. Ippodromo San Siro – the temple of horseracing - Piazzale dello Sport
This 1920’s Art Nouveau racecourse is the only racetrack in the world that can claim status as a ‘monument of national interest’.
All the famous names in Italian horse racing have competed on its turf, all the undisputed rulers of the trot and gallop world, from Nearco to Varenne and Ribot.
Whether you are passionate about horse racing or equestrian sports or not, the San Siro racecourse is definitely worth a visit.
5. Bocconi Sport Center– the Olympic pool for official races - Viale Toscana 30
The Bocconi Sport Center, inaugurated in September 2021, is the latest addition to the Bocconi Urban Campus’ architectural complex, designed by the Japanese studio SANAA in accordance with current guidelines on sustainability criteria.
The 25m Olympic-size swimming pool can host official competitions with grandstand capacity for 500.
6. Stadio del ghiaccio Agorà - – the temple of ice hockey - Via dei Ciclamini 23
The Agorà Ice Stadium is the largest ice sports facility in Lombardy, and has an Olympic-sized rink with a capacity for 3.300 spectators.
It is the headquarters of Milano Bears Hockey Club who hold their training sessions here.
7. Velodromo Maspes-Vigorelli –the temple of track cycling and American football - Via Arona 19
The Maspes-Vigorelli Velodrome was founded in 1935 as a sports facility dedicated to cycling.
Over the years, great champions such as Coppi, Anquetil, Baldini and Moser have attempted to break the hour record on its extremely smooth wooden track.
It has also been used as the finish line for major road cycling races such as the Giro d'Italia. Furthermore, it hosts music concerts by international stars.
Indeed, on June 24th, 1965 the Vigorelli had the honour of hosting the Beatles concert with a crowd capacity of 26,000 for the first stage of their only Italian tour.
Today, however, apart from track cycling it is also used for American football: the Seamen Milano and Rhinos Milano teams play their home games here.
8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza – the temple of Formula One racing- Viale di Vedano 5 – Monza
The Autodromo, located inside Monza Park, is one of the most prestigious racing circuits in the world, and a must-see for all motor enthusiasts.
Every year, on the first weekend of September, it hosts an unmissable event: the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix.
The racetrack also hosts other car races (F2 and F3, FE, GT World Challenge Europe for Gran Turismo cars, World Endurance Championship and WRC for rally cars) and numerous other large-scale events and concerts.
On July 25th, 2023, it will host one of the stops on Bruce Springsteen's 2023 tour.