Centro Sportivo XXV Aprile
|Address||Via Giovanni Cimabue, 24, 20148 Milano|
Centro Sportivo XXV Aprile – stadium description
Located at the bottom of Monte Stella (Montagnetta di San Siro), along Viale Alcide de Gasperi, about 5 km northwest of Milan's center, the athletics stadium was built in the 1960s. The facility serves athletic clubs as well as recreational runners. Surrounding the stadium are tennis courts (behind the southern arch) and a badminton hall (behind the northern arch), which hosted the 2009 European junior championships.
Among others, Alberto Cova, Olympic champion in the 10,000-meter run, Francesco Panetta, world and European champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Michele Didoni, world champion in the 20-kilometer walk, have trained at the stadium, earning the arena the nickname "La Pista dei Campioni." Since 2015, the facility has been managed by the organizations Cus Pro Patria Milano and Happy Runners, under the aegis of the national athletics federation (FIDAL).
The facility has undergone many upgrades over the years, with the most recent changes taking place in the second decade in the 21st century. On July 15, 2011, a new blue athletics track was put into operation. With its construction, the small stand on the southwest side was also removed. In its place, a building housing an indoor 60-meter treadmill was constructed in 2016-2018, designed by Shesa Architects. A new, modest grandstand was also built next to the building, and the stadium also added lighting masts. Due to technical problems, the indoor running track has not yet been put into use.