A great way of adding value to your incentive travel experience is to time it so that it coincides with a great sporting event, concert or exhibition, depending on your team’s interests. Italy, in that respect, is definitely the place to be throughout the spring of 2016. While tennis enthusiasts will enjoy the BNL Italian Open in Rome, football fans all over the world will hold their breath on May 28th, when the Champions League final will be disputed in Milan’s San Siro stadium. Buying a corporate hospitality package for your executive team is a first-class treat, and it could be a key feature in a luxury incentive programme.
The Giuseppe Meazza Stadium is more commonly known as San Siro and it has already hosted the Champions League final three times, in 1965, 1970 and 2001. Built in 1925, this stadium currently serves as the home of the two local teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano, also known as Inter. The approved capacity for UEFA matches is set as just under 80.000 seats and for this particular edition extra security measures are likely to be employed.
The Champions League Final
This will be the final match of the the 61st season of the UEFA Champions League. Victory in this match determines the right to play against the winners of the Europa League, which takes place 10 days earlier in Basel, in the 2016 UEFA Super Cup. The winning team will also qualify for the semi-finals of the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup. For the first time, San Siro will host a final in which neither of the resident teams will be eligible to compete, as neither Milan nor Inter finished in the top three of last season’s Italian Serie A tournament and are therefore not allowed to play in the 2015-2016 UEFA Champions League. For this edition of the tournament, a ball has been especially designed by Adidas, the Finale Milano, decorated with a few of the city’s most iconic symbols. At the time of writing this post, the round of 16 is being disputed and the teams in the run are Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Benfica, Zenit, Gent, Wolfsburg, A. S. Roma, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSV Eindhoven, Atletico Madrid, Dynamo Kiev and Manchester City.
The final will be disputed between the teams that will win the semi-finals.
The hospitality program
The corporate packages for this edition are designed to provide the perfect football experience: you will be sharing the thrill of a world-class sporting event with your friends and colleagues, in exclusive areas of the stadium where you will enjoy a privileged view of the pitch and a wide range of top hospitality services. Among the perks of this program are the superior quality catering, pre and post-match drinks and TV Feed and parking at the stadium
The beauty of Milan in spring
If you are visiting Milan for the Champions League final, we recommend you stay for a few days and enjoy the sweet milanese spring weather, taking advantage of the opportunities the city has to offer. If you are interested in art and design, for instance, you might want to visit the International Design Exhibition at the Triennale Museum. If you happen to be an opera lover, no stay in Milan is complete without a night at La Scala. Two productions are scheduled for May 2016 in this world-famous musical temple: Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, conducted by Riccardo Chailly, and Ravel’s L’enfant Et Les Sortilèges – L’heure Espagnole, conducted by Mark Minkowski. That, in a nutshell, is the beauty of Milan: whatever excites and attracts you, be it sports or culture, contemporary art or opera, fine cuisine or shopping, this incredible city will offer you the absolute best of it.