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Designs drawn up for alternative AC Milan stadium project

More details have emerged about a potential new stadium for Italian Serie A football club AC Milan in Sesto San Giovanni, a commune located to the north of Milan.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports that renowned architect Sir Norman Foster has drawn up designs for a stadium that would serve as the sole home of AC Milan.

The venue, which the club would not share with cross-city rival Inter, would be located in the area formerly occupied by steelwork company Falck Group.

In March, AC Milan and Inter Milan said they “remain open to evaluating other design solutions” as they continued to encounter difficulties in progressing the project for a new shared stadium on the site of the current San Siro.

In December, Populous saw off competition from Manica/Sportium to land the contract to design the new stadium. Populous’ project, dubbed ‘The Cathedral’, was selected but little progress has been made since then, with the plans needing to be approved at various government levels.

Since that point, Sesto San Giovanni is said to have been identified as a ‘plan B’ alternative location for a new stadium. Last week, US private investment firm RedBird Capital Partners completed a takeover deal for AC Milan that valued the recently crowned Serie A champion at €1.2bn (£1.02bn/$1.28bn).

The day before the takeover was announced, the Mayor of Sesto San Giovanni, Roberto Di Stefano, said that RedBird founder and managing partner Gerry Cardinale had recently visited the proposed stadium site. Di Stefano said the site would be ready “immediately” and would represent a cheaper alternative for AC Milan than the Populous project.

Foster already has links to the proposed site of the Sesto San Giovanni stadium, having designed the nearby Falck Group headquarters. According to Corriere della Sera, the stadium would have a capacity of between 60,000 and 70,000.

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