AC Milan new stadium build rapid strides


AC Milan secures land for new stadium Image: AC Milan and MANICA

The Serie A team AC Milan took a further step in a move away from the iconic San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, with the purchase of land to build a new stadium, a source close to the matter confirmed recently.

‘FRANCE24’ stated that the Northern Italian giants currently share the San Siro Stadium to the North-West of the City Milan with rivals Inter Milan.

The AC Milan, or simply Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy (Italy). Founded in 1899, the club competes in the Serie A, the top tier of Italian football, and has spent its entire history in Serie A with the exception of the 1980-1981 and 1982-1983 seasons.

The Inter Milan, or simply Inter, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy (Italy). Inter is the only Italian side to have always competed in the top flight of Italian football – Serie A – since its debut in 1909.

The football stadium in the San Siro district of Milan, Italy, is commonly known by the Inter Milan fans as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and the AC Milan fans as the San Siro Stadium. It has a seating capacity of 80,018 making it one of the largest stadiums in Europe and the largest in Italy.

On September 27th, 2023 the Serie A club AC Milan officially announced their standalone stadium project in the San Donato area of Italy and submitted the requisite documents to the City Council.

The AC Milan has now acquired a 256,000 square meter plot in the San Donato Municipality to the South-East of the City, 15 kilometers from the San Siro Stadium.

‘FRANCE24’ further stated that talks between the Municipality of San Donato and the local residents will enter a decisive phase soon with a view to a possible building permit being issued.

Last September, the AC Milan announced that it had set its sights on San Donato for a 70,000-seater stadium, without specifying the possible date of its inauguration.

San Siro, whose official name is the Giuseppe-Meazza Stadium, is an iconic 80,000-seater structure built in 1926, but which no longer meets the needs of clubs despite a futuristic touch being lent for the 1990 World Cup.

Both Inter Milan and AC Milan initially wanted to knock down the San Siro and build a new stadium adjacent that they would share with an area dedicated to sports, entertainment and shopping.

But this joint project was abandoned after officials deemed the City-owned San Siro to be of “cultural interest”.

In 2026, the San Siro Stadium will host the Opening Ceremony of the Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo Winter Olympics.

The Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo 2026, also known as the 2026 Winter Olympics, is an international multisport event scheduled to take place in Italy from February 6th-22nd, 2026. The Cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will host the 2026 Winter Olympics, which will be Italy’s third Olympic Winter Games.

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