The Velodromo Vigorelli was built in 1935 in order to replace the Velodromo Sempione on the commission of industrialist and Garbagnate Mayor Giuseppe Vigorelli, a great lover of cycling. The track, covered with 72 km (45 miles) of Swedish pine slivers, is 397.7 m (1305 ft) long, 7.50 m (24.5 ft) wide with a maximum slope in bend of 42 degrees. The facility quickly became famous worldwide and Fausto Coppi took the men’s hour record (45,798 km – 28,5 miles) on 7th November 1942.
The Velodromo was also chosen at the arrival point of road races such as Giro d’Italia, and hosted unforgettable concerts such as Led Zeppelin, Carlos Santana and the Beatles. The Velodromo Vigorelli was first closed in 1978. It was opened again in 1984 but the heavy snowfall in 1985 caused the roofing covering the bleachers to collapse. The damage produced the decline of the facility that was shut down in 1988.
In 1997, thanks to private sponsors, the central field was covered with synthetic grass in order to house American football games, soccer games and field hockey games. After cyclist Antonio Mapes’ death in 2000, the velodrome was renamed (Maspes-Vigorelli) and was mostly used for American football games. Nowadays the home games between Milanese A-league teams, Seamen Milano and Rhinos Milano.