Italy top-flights’ home dream get wings


Milan stadium gets public approval Image: Populous

The Italian professional football clubs A.C. Milan and Inter Milan (Italy) dream to own their standalone home facility has got wings in the form of public interest approval.

The ‘AC Milan’ stated that both the clubs have received the public interest approval from the City Council of Milan to construct the Nuovo Stadio Milano to replace the historic Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro).

The Inter Milan is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy. Inter is the only Italian club never to have been relegated from the top flight of Italian football.

The A.C. Milan is a professional football club in Milan, Italy, founded in 1899. The club has spent its entire history, with the exception of the 1980-1981 and 1982-1983 seasons, in the top flight of Italian football, known as Serie A since 1929-1930.

San Siro, officially known as Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, is a football stadium in the San Siro district of Milan, which is the home of A.C. Milan and Inter Milan. It has a seating capacity of 75,923, making it one of the largest stadiums in Europe, and the largest in Italy.

On June 24th, 2019, A.C. Milan and Inter Milan announced their intention to build a new stadium to replace San Siro. The new 60,000-capacity stadium, which would be constructed next to San Siro, is anticipated to cost US$800 million and was earlier expected to be ready for the 2022-2023 seasons.

It will be an innovative structure with the highest technological, sustainable and safety standards, as delivering a fantastic family football experience is a shared commitment by both the clubs.

The ‘AC Milan’ further stated that the above step is a massive step forward for the clubs who have been in limbo regarding permissions since COVID-19 stung the world in March 2020 and Italy has seen huge casualties and ravages due to the virulent virus. The expected opening date for the new stadium is 2027.

A statement on the City Council of Milan website read, “Adjustment of the territorial building index to the maximum required by the Standard of the Land Government Plan approved with reference to the ‘San Siro’ large urban function, equal to 0.35 m2/m2. Reconfiguration of the area where the ‘Meazza’ currently stands as a sports district, with extensive enhancement and increase in green cover.”

The statement further read, “On the basis of what has been established, updating of the Economic and Financial Plan in the subsequent planning phase. These are the conditions under which the Board has decided to confirm the declaration of public interest on the proposal relating to the Milan Stadium presented by the Milan AC SpA and Internazionale FC SpA football clubs. Conditions that will remain necessary to obtain subsequent acts of consent on the project.”

The ‘Sempre Milan’ stated that the Council of Milan have approved that the new stadium project A.C. Milan and Inter Milan want to carry out is in the public interest.

The two clubs have made it known for a long time that they wish to build a new state-of-the-art stadium next to the current San Siro in order to move into a new era, and also transform the area around the ground in order to increase revenue opportunities.

The ‘Sempre Milan’ further stated that the new stadium of Milan and Inter will be ready in 2027 and the winning project between the two still in the running will be chosen shortly. Presently, celebrated design firm Populous’s (‘The Cathedral’) enjoy an edge over that of Manica-Sportium’s (‘The Two Rings’).

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