Italian Serie A football club Inter Milan has offered a glimpse of life after the San Siro by revealing initial concept images of a new 70,000-capacity stadium that it hopes will open ahead of the 2028-29 season.
TheStadiumBusiness.com understands that Inter is working with Populous on the project in the Rozzano commune.
Inter released the concept images by Populous to accompany an interview given yesterday (Thursday) to Sky Italia by club CEO Alessandro Antonello, who said he is hopeful of securing final approvals for the development in late 2024 or early 2025.
He added that the Populous-designed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London would be one of the inspirations.
“The reference model is that of Tottenham,” Antonello said. “All the additional revenues from the new facility will… repay the debt for the project.”
According to Antonello, the development will span more than one billion cubic metres and include Inter’s offices, a sports centre, a public park, a museum and club store.
The Inter CEO added that transport links to and from the stadium, which would be situated about 9km south of Milan’s city centre, will be prioritised in the plans. The stadium would be built on green space between Rozzano and Assago near the A7 motorway, which connects Milan and Genoa.
“The main issue we are looking at is the road network,” he added.
The land is currently owned by real estate groups Brioschi and Bastogi through a company called Infrafin. Inter has already secured the exclusive right to carry out a feasibility study into the potential development of a stadium on the site. The club has until the end of April 2024 to study the project.
Last month, initial plans were presented to the Mayors of Rozzano and the neighbouring municipality of Assago.
Inter and city rival AC Milan previously worked on a joint Nuovo Stadio Milan project, but ongoing delays concerning this venture prompted both to reassess their options. Populous secured the original contract to design the joint stadium, which was intended to be built on the same plot of land occupied by the two clubs’ current home, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, more commonly known as the San Siro.
However, that project has since collapsed under bureaucratic complexities, and both clubs pledged to pursue their own stadiums following a meeting in May.
Since then, AC Milan has selected Manica Architecture as the designer of the club’s proposed new stadium in San Donato.