‘The Cathedral’ project gets Municipal nod


Revision approved for AC Milan and Inter new stadium Image: Populous

The Municipality of Milan (Italy), through its Urban Regeneration Department, has given the green light to Italy top-flight clubs – A.C. Milan and Inter Milan – to go ahead with their new venue project – ‘The Cathedral’. Of course, they can go ahead with the changes requested by the Council.

‘Calcio Finanza’ stated that the both the top-flight clubs gave an update to the Council as regards the venue project on September 5th.

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.

Inter Milan 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 since its debut in 1909.

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as the San Siro, is a football stadium in the San Siro district of Milan, Italy, which is the home of A.C. Milan and Inter Milan. It has a seating capacity of 80,018, 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.

In December 2021, the top-notch clubs announced that Populous’ project – ‘The Cathedral’ – has been selected for their new stadium.

‘The Cathedral’ is a celebration of the artistic and cultural heritage of Milan (Italy). Its design has been inspired by two of the most famous buildings in the City – the Duomo di Milano and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele -and will result in a unique stadium that will stand out from any other sporting arena in the world and will serve as the home venue of Italy’s top-rung clubs – A.C. Milan and Inter Milan.

‘Calcio Finanza’ further stated that the next step will involve the documentation being sent by the Municipality to the National Commission to give the nod to start the public debate on the new venue project.

The updated proposal is “an improvement over the previous one as it provides for the implementation of deep green areas, equal to about 50,000 square meters”, as stated in the document published in the Municipal notice board. The updated project of the two teams also reconfigures the area as a sports district, with the so-called ‘Citadel of Sport’.

As part of the project, an urban space will come up on the municipal property area which includes green zones, pedestrian paths and construction of the existing road network so that it is in sync with the underground parking area which will come up as part of ‘The Cathedral’.

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