Plans for a new stadium for Inter Milan and AC Milan have been given a “conditional yes” from the city council, with assurances needed on regeneration plans for the San Siro before the proposal is given the all-clear.
Last month, the two Serie A football clubs announced that Populous and Manica/Sportium had been shortlisted to design a new 60,000-seat stadium that they would share.
The plans have been in the pipeline for some time and AC Milan chairman Paolo Scaroni said during the announcement that the iconic 80,000-seat San Siro, which the two clubs currently share, has “run its course”.
Inter and AC Milan had planned on building the wide-ranging stadium and entertainment complex on the site on which the San Siro currently sits but this may require a rethink after the council decided that the current stadium should not be demolished.
The new stadium did gain approval with a majority of 27 votes in favour to 11 against, with seven abstentions.
“It’s a conditional yes,” Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala said, according to Sky Italia. “The project as it is should be reviewed. It is too disproportionate to the benefit of the clubs.”
Manica/Sportium’s ‘Rings of Milano’ proposal for the new stadium consists of two iconic rings that are interlocked to symbolise how the two rival clubs are “united” in their cause to preserve Milan’s history with a new shared stadium.
Populous’ concept has been dubbed ‘The Cathedral’ and draws inspiration from Milan’s iconic Duomo and Galleria buildings. The design is encircled by a sunlit galleria that is enveloped by a glass façade.
The new stadium project is expected to cost €1.2bn (£1.03bn/$1.33bn).
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