AC Milan’s S. Siro stadium gets improved access.
Gearing up for the Champions League finals on 28 May, Milan is carrying out a €5-million makeover of Piazza Axum, outside the San Siro stadium.
Meeting conditions set out by UEFA, the Milan prefecture and police, the improvements are planned to improve access and safety – not only for the big match, but for all games and entertainment events at the Meazza stadium, as it is officially called.
The destination stop of tram line 16 will be expanded with three tracks, two right outside the stadium and another on Via Dessié for use when no events are taking place in the Meazza.
The whole of Piazza Axum will be rebuilt to solve a drainage problem, and to make the access from public transport to the stadium entrance easier and safer. Announcing the works, city councillor Pierfrancesco Maran pointed out that S. Siro is one of the few grounds in Europe with the comfort of its own metro station, and that this requires some management of pedestrian flows.
During most of the four months of work, traffic on Via Dessié will be interrupted, and signposting will lead to the deviations. Tram 16 will also finish one stop earlier at Segeste, with shuttle buses covering the rest of the route.