22/11/2019 – Guinness PRO14 Communications – Zebre & Munster to Headline Milano Rugby Week in 2020

An international weekend of rugby is coming to the metropolitan city of Milan. The three-day rugby event, "Milano Rugby Week", will start on Friday, 21 February 2020 with Round 12 of Guinness PRO14 between Zebre and Munster.

The exceptional location for the occasion will be the "Giovanni Mari" Stadium in Legnano, a 5,000-seat facility that saw the debut match of the Six Nations U20 between Italy and Wales on the 3 February 2017. The weekend of celebration will end on Sunday, 23 February 2020, when the pitch of the "Mari" Stadium will host Round 3 of the Womens Six Nations – Italy v Scotland; veterans of second place in the last edition of the tournament.

Eleven years after the test match of the 14 November 2009 between Italy and All Blacks, Milan is ready to welcome the Guinness PRO14 for the first time. The main partner of the event, together with the digital media Rugbymeet, is Parabiago Rugby - an important sports company in Milan with more than 500 members and which forms a large part of the Zebre Family.

The Italian Rugby Union was pleased to accept the invitation of the red and blue company, by virtue of the direct experience with the stadium "Mari" and the excellent relations with the municipal administration that Parabiago Rugby enjoys.

After the overall success that occurred in previous touring matches in Reggio Emilia (April 2013), L’Aquila (April 2018) and Viadana (February 2019), Zebre are committing once again to promoting Guinness PRO14 and Italian Rugby across their region.

Many Irish, Scottish and Italian fans who will colour "Milano Rugby Week" in Legnano where rugby is practiced at all levels in many clubs and three of the current Zebre squad also played. These are the Delebian hooker Massimo Ceciliani, the Azzurri back rower Maxime Mbandà - back from the 2019 World Cup in Japan - and the co-captain of the franchise George Biagi; all three players have worn, among others, the Grande Milan jersey, while the last two also that of Amatori Rugby Milano.

Satisfaction for the success of the initiative by the Zebre Rugby Club CEO Andrea Dalledonne: "Playing a game in the context of Milan is for the Zebre Rugby Club and Italian rugby an important test that, despite the many difficulties of organizing a match in a stadium away from Parma, allows us to approach the most important Italian city and to show that rugby can return to being a sport that deserves the audience and attention that had in the past and that must return to have.

"I would like to thank the Municipality of Legnano, the Parabiago Rugby and Rugbymeet for accepting this challenge. We know that we will be followed with great attention by the organizing committee of the tournament and other important Italian and European cities."

Tickets for the two challenges are on sale on the Ciaotickets circuit, on the Ciaotickets.com website and in the almost 1000 points of sale throughout the country. In addition to the single game ticket you can also buy the combo formula for both games at a reduced price.

Ticket prices for the 12th round of the Guinness PRO14 between Zebre and Munster:
Covered grandstand € 20
Covered grandstand U18 € 15
Other sectors, single seat € 10
U6 free

Ticket prices for the 3rd round of the Six Nations Women's Cup between Italy and Scotland:
Covered grandstand € 20
Covered grandstand U18 € 15
Other sectors, single seat € 15
Other sectors, U18 €10
U6 free

Combo" ticket for the double matchday of Zebre and Italian Women national team:
Covered grandstand € 30
Covered grandstand U18 € 25
U6 free

THE VENUE
The "Giovanni Mari" Stadium is owned by the Municipality of Legnano, a city 20 minutes from the west of Milan and 20 minutes from the international airport of Milan Malpensa, on the A8 Milan-Varese motorway. The venue is 500 meters from the railway station of the passerby that leads directly to the station of Milan Porta Garibaldi and Varese in 25 minutes.

The "Mari" has 5000 seats divided into two grandstands on the long sides (one covered) and a small short side stand, the stadium also has a short side with a standing area on the grass and behind a curve on iron from 3500 seats. The use of the system by public transport is considered an added value, due to its proximity to both the city of Milan and the eastern Piedmont and Turin, a city that is about an hour and 40 minutes by car.