“Benvenuti a Milano”
“Welcome to Milan” – on this page, you will find information regarding your trip to perhaps the most famous footballing city in Italy, which holds notable links to some of Celtic’s most lengthy European runs. Of course, Celtic beat Internzaionale (Inter Milan) in the European Cup Final of 1967, but it is also worthy of note that Celtic lost the European Cup Final of 1970 in the San Siro and that Inter were the side who stopped the Hoops from going to the European Cup Final in 1972.
Regardless, I hope you find this page to be informative, and if there is anything I can assist you with, please contact me on Twitter via “@MBACMilan” or “@MaleysBhoys”.
When and where is the match itself?
Celtic will face AC Milan in the first of their group stage matches on the 19th September 2013 at 20.45 local time (19.45 Celtic Park time/G.M.T.).
The match will take place at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (more commonly referred to as the San Siro) in the west of the city of Milan.
How can I make my way to the stadium?
As previously mentioned, the stadium is situated some distance west of the city centre (a little over 5km) and it is therefore advisable that you make use of some form of public transport in order to travel there. Of course, there are a few options available to you in this regard.
Firstly, you can use the city’s subway (metro) system. To do this, simply take “Line One” (the red line) to the “Lotto Fiera” subway stop. Details of this journey can be found on a map below.
From here, the stadium is roughly fifteen to twenty minutes walk, although shuttle buses do run towards the ground on occasion. Although the stadium is enormous, it is not always visible due to the residential nature of the approaching roads, therefore it is best to follow a map (see below) or simply follow the numerous home supporters.
Alternatively, you can also take “Tram 16″ from the city centre to the “Piazzale Segesta” or take a taxi (but this may be rather expensive).
What will the weather be like?
Average temperatures in September range from approximately 24 degrees Celcius to 14 degrees Celsius in Milan, with a daily average of around 19 degrees Celsius. Whilst rain is always a threat in the north of Italy, it only rains between 15-20% of every September in the city on average. Don’t get me wrong, if you go in shorts and a t-shirt and it pours don’t blame me, but for those used to the extremes of Scottish rain and cold, the chances are the weather may not be too bad (although, of course, long term weather predictions are impossible).
How can I travel to Milan?
The main airport in northern Italy is Milan’s Malpensa Airport. This is where the majority of Celtic fans will likely fly to in September.
Malpensa has two terminals, one of which (number one) is serviced by a high speed rail link to the city of Milan. If you arrive at terminal one, these will provide easy routes into the city’s central railway stations (“Milano Cardona” and “Milano Centrale” – both of which are linked to the subway system), taking between thirty and forty minutes, costing a little over €10 for a one way trip for adults. Please note different trains go to each destination, they do not go to both stations in one trip, so make sure you get on the right one. Tickets must be bought prior to boarding, and cannot be bought on the trains, which run every half an hour or so throughout the day.
If you arrive at Terminal Two, used mostly by budget airlines like Easyjet, then boarding a the bus into the city is probably your best option, as you can wait around forty-five minutes during busy periods for a shuttle bus between the two terminals, which you would need to do if you wished to get the train. These buses run every twenty minutes, and are priced similarly to the railway line.
Taxis are also an option if you wish to head into Milan’s city centre, but they are very expensive, and it can cost you over €90 should you take this route.
Similar ideas apply to the other airports which, theoretically, you could fly into, such as Linate (Milan), Orio al Serio (Bergamo), or Parma. Linate is only a few kilometres from Milan. However, the latter two, particularly Parma, are a long way from Milan. More information regarding these can be found online and, as ever, if you have any individual queries please feel free to contact me and I will try to help you if I can.
Can I take a tour of the stadium?
Yes, although there is no method in which you can book a tour, you simply need to turn up and pay your money (approximately €13 for the tour and access to the museum, or €7 for access to the museum alone) on any day between 10am and 6pm. Tours begin every twenty minutes. However, such services decrease or stop altogether on match days, so it would be best to contact the stadium directly for more information in this regard if you hope to visit the stadium’s museum and/or tour it on match day.
How can I get a ticket for the match?
Well, this is perhaps the most common question on the travelling supporters’ lips, and with good reason.
Firstly, allow me to highlight the fact that, other than when it is derby day in the city (or when there is a truly enormous Champions League match scheduled) then the San Siro is rarely anywhere near full, with thousands of seats regularly going empty. Of course, a large travelling Celtic support will likely fill our allocation, but still, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find tickets for the match.
Sitting with the home supporters is always a last resort on European away days, so if you are travelling I would advise you to speak to the folks at the Celtic Ticket Office and see what they say before travelling. For example, Celtic didn’t sell out all of their official deals (tickets included) for their visit to the Camp Nou last season, and the remaining tickets were put on sale to any season ticket holders with travel documents to prove they were making the trip to Catalonia.
More information with regards buying tickets for AC Milan matches can be found here, but I must highlight that anyone who chooses to sit with the home supporters do so at their own risk.
Once people begin to get tickets for the upcoming match from Celtic then our Twitter account “@MBACMilan” will tweet as much information as we can gather in this regard, so keep an eye out.