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San Siro Stadium (Stadio Meazza). AC Milan and Inter Milan, two of the oldest and most successful teams in Europe, vie for the heart of soccer-mad Lombardy. For residents, the city is Milano but the teams are Milan, a vestige of their common founding as the Milan Cricket and Football Club in 1899. When an Italian-led faction broke off in 1908, the new club was dubbed F.C. Internazionale (or "Inter") to distinguish it from the bastion of English exclusivity that would become AC Milan (or simply "Milan"). Since then, the picture has become more clouded: although Milan prides itself as the true team of the city and of its working class, Inter can more persuasively claim pan-Italian support.
AC Milan and Inter Milan share the use of San Siro Stadium (Stadio Meazza) during their August through May season. With more than 60,000 of the 85,000 seats appropriated by season-ticket holders and another couple thousand allocated to visiting fans, tickets to Sunday games can be difficult to come by. To reach San Siro, take subway Line 1 (red) toward Molino Dorino, exit at the Lotto station, and board a bus for the stadium. Via Piccolomini, Milan, 20151. www.sansiro.net.
AC Milan. You can purchase advance AC Milan tickets at Intesa Sanpaolo bank branches, including one at (Piazza della Scala 6), or at the club's website. www.acmilan.com.
Inter. Inter tickets are available at Banca Popolare di Milano, Banca Legnano, and Banco Popolare di Mantova branches, or on the club's website. www.inter.it/it/biglietti/acquista.html.
Stadium Tour. If you're a soccer fan but can't get in to see a game, you might settle for a stadium tour, which includes a visit to the Milan-Inter museum. Tours are available every half hour from Gate 14 from 10 to 5, except on game Sundays. Call for reservations a few days before your visit. 02/4042432. www.sansirotour.com. Museum €7, stadium €13.
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