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Milanese authorities approve new stadium project

Council leaders in Milan have given approval to the construction of a new stadium for AC Milan and Inter.

More than two years after city officials gave a provisional green light to the Serie A giants’ plans for a new 60,000-seat arena, the Council of Milan has now approved that the project is in the public interest.

In a statement on its website, the council outlined backing for the plan to reconfigure the area where the current San Siro stadium stands. The conditions it has approved are adjustment of the area around the existing stadium, with extensive enhancement and increase in greenery.

It said: “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 ACSpA and Internazionale FCSpA football clubs. Conditions that will remain necessary to obtain subsequent acts of consent on the project.”

Recent reports suggest the stadium will not open until 2027, the year after Milan hosts the 2026 winter Olympic Games. It is believed the winning design will be chosen shortly, with Populous’ “Cathedral” and Manica-Sportium’s “The Two Rings” both short-listed.

The San Siro first opened in 1926 and has undergone several renovations, most notably for Italy’s staging of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. AC Milan has called the stadium home since it opened, while Inter started using the San Siro in 1947.

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