The adventures of Milan’s splendid Maspes-Vigorelli Velodrome

The Maspes-Vigorelli Velodrome has a long and interesting eighty years of history.

The historical sports facility in Milan was built in October of 1935. It magical, perfectly elliptical track – designed by Hungarian architect Clemens Shuermann, who kept his colleagues wondering about the secret of such perfect hardwood flooring – was graced by a number of hopeful record-breakers: Jacques Anquetil, Fausto Coppi, Ercole Baldini, Roger Rivière, and Francesco Moser, to mention but a few.

The track was destroyed by firebombs in 1943, and rebuilt three years later.

It witnessed The Beatles’ arrival on June 24, 1965, aboard four red Alfa Romeo Spider 2600s, before the Fab Four performed a legendary concert – with twenty thousand screaming fans completely dominating over the timid loud speakers of the time’s rock ’n’ roll.

The velodrome was damaged by snow in 1985, when a canopy crashed down ruining part of the flooring – and closed until the late 1990s.

In 1997, it welcomed a new generation of athletes, competing for the cross-country skiing trophy on the snow-covered track.

It closed again, on September 11, 2001 of all days. In 2008, it was temporarily turned into a mosque. A few years later, it finally opened up again for sports, hosting the Serie A1 championship of the Italian Football League.

Its history is an 80-year-long adventure. And it’s not over yet.

Photos via: © chromophobie / il culto del gregario

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The adventures of Milan’s splendid Maspes-Vigorelli Velodrome

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