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A historic Milanese theatre, with stage and a 1,800-seat auditorium. Belonging to the Municipality, for many years it was run by the Piccolo Teatro organization. It stages contemporary dance performances. It also offers a wide selection of classical and light music: since 1998 it has been run by the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, that organizes concerts here featuring top Italian and international singers.
Dating back to 1778 as a fitting replacement for the Teatro Ducale, the stately Teatro Alla Scala has since come to be one of opera's most legendary venues. The historic theater has hosted most of Italy's operatic masters alongside renowned international artists. Designed by noted architect, Giuseppe Piermarini, the theater's neoclassical facade has a palatial theater with six tiers of private boxes, topped by an intricate ceiling. Home to the prestigious La Scala Theater Orchestra, La Scala Theater Ballet and La Scala Theater Chorus, it remains one of the city's liveliest cultural venues. Apart from operas, the theater also hosts plays, ballet shows and numerous other cultural events throughout the year.
Deliberately located in the restructured Castello Sforzesco area in order to provide a stable home for festivities and celebratory events for the Repubblica Cisalpina and the new Regno d'Italia, the Arena Civica was designed by The neoclassical architect Luigi Canonica in 1805 at the north eastern end of the Parco Sempione. Built with materials taken from the castle ruins and modeled on Roman amphitheaters, the Arena has an elliptic floor with four main entrances: to the south-east stands the Triumphal Arch in granite framed with two pairs of golden columns; opposite this is the Porta delle Carceri flanked by two towers, as found in roman models. On the north eastern side is the Porta Libitinaria and on the south west the Loggia Reale which has a monolithic Corinthian column in granite. Now used as a sports ground, the elegant construction has seen some changes this century to increase spectator capacity, transforming the terraces. The characteristic curtain of trees that ran alongside the terraces was also removed and the channel that wound along the stalls and brought canal water in also allowed the passage of famous 'naumachie'.
Alcatraz is one of the most popular and well-established event venues in the city. Through the weekdays, they host a variety of musical concerts wherein a great line up of artists and bands put up their show. Come here over the weekend and enjoy to your fullest as the DJs play foot tapping music. From hip-hop to rock, rock, and disco, you'll find a slew of genres playing here. With a capacity of about 3,000 people, this venue has excellent ambiance and well-furnished spaces.
The Mediolanum Forum stadium was built in 1990 and has become the premier center in Milan for major sporting events, musical performances, and other events. During the year, the ATP tennis championship, the Sei giorni di ciclismo (Six Days of Cycling), and basketball games are held here. The stadium has a spectator capacity of 12,000. On another level of the sports stadium, there are spaces for other sports such as skating, swimming, basketball, volleyball, bowling, and squash. There are two multipurpose courts, and a mini-stadium with 200 places available to rent; use of the ball is included in the price. There is also a sports equipment shop, a restaurant, a self-service restaurant and a bar. Stadium hours vary based on an event.