Design & Development

AC Milan selects Manica for new stadium design

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AC Milan has selected Manica Architecture as the designer of the Italian Serie A football club’s proposed new stadium in San Donato, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The newspaper said that Manica would work alongside CAA Icon and the latter’s founder, Tim Romani, who assumed the lead role in overseeing the development in April. The parties worked together previously on the Allegiant Stadium and Chase Center stadium project in Las Vegas and San Francisco, respectively, and are also collaborating on a new stadium for the Tennessee Titans NFL American football franchise.

Manica has reportedly beaten competition from 12 other companies for the contract, which also includes developments surrounding the new stadium in San Donato, which is located about 10km southwest of Milan.

In June it emerged in the Italian media that Manica was the preferred option out of a shortlist of three firms.

Gazzetta also reported that the new stadium will have a capacity of 70,000 and would be built to host concerts and other events, as well as football matches. It is hoped at this stage that work could begin by the end of 2025, with the stadium opening in 2028 or 2029.

The newspaper added that whilst details of the design would be finalised at a later stage, the stadium would be home to a large club shop and a museum of at least 300 square metres. There will also be a large square equipped with numerous facilities outside the main entrance, allowing fans to gather before and after games.

Last month, the possibility of building a new San Siro – where AC Milan currently plays its home games alongside city rival Inter Milan – evaporated after a regional body in Lombardy ruled that the stadium cannot be demolished.