On Saturday, 19th June I took my family and friends to the Modà concert at San Siro.
Firstly, let me say that the concert itself was FANTASTIC and Modà gave 100%, making the evening memorable.
However, and it's a big however, the venue left a lot to be desired!
Let me begin by saying that this was my third visit to San Siro - I had previously taken friends and children to do the stadium tour (interesting) and had already noticed on those occasions that the public facilities (loos) were substandard to say the least.
This time I can only say I was shocked as follows:
- nowhere was it possible to find information (in any language) as to what was and wasn't
allowed to be taken into the stadium - could we take water, food etc?!!!! Who knows?
- litter and empty bottles were on the floor everywhere outside the stadium - there seemed to
be very few litter bins around - perhaps there was airport-style security and you couldn't
take more that 100ml of liquid - again, who knows?
- we passed through an automatic turnstyle with our tickets and never saw or spoke to a
member of security! We were never searched or asked what we had on us. We could have
taken absolutely anything into that stadium! True, there were mostly families etc but that's
not the point. Security just didn't seem to exist - we were horrified!
-we soon noticed that some people had brought complete picnics and loads of botlles of drink
and wished we had risked bringing more water with us instead of the minimum, fearing it might
have been confiscated on entry to the stadium. We later had to buy extra bottles of water
there at high prices due to the heat and humidity of the evening.
- pray that you never have to use the loos when you are there, or if you do, arm yourself with
loo roll, soap, paper tissues and, above all, a peg for your nose as the stench was
overpowering! They were absolutely disgusting and could be smelt from the nearby bar
Oh yes, and a torch would be useful too as most of the time they were in total darkness..
We tried them in two different areas and to rate them as third-world would be a kindness
they just don't deserve! I have travelled around the world for work and leisure, have lived in
Italy for over twenty-five years and can only say, San Siro, vergognati and get your act
together - you can do much, much better than this. I was truly horrified and can only thank
Modà and their music for making the evening a success. I may add that there were four of us
in our immediate group and we all witnessed the same things.
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