AC Milan and Inter unveil plans for new ‘Cathedral’ stadium

Italian outfits AC Milan and FC Internazionale have unveiled huge plans for an innovative new stadium to replace the iconic San Siro

The new 60,000-seat stadium is set to replace the Giuseppe Meazza, better known as the San Siro, which has been home to AC Milan since 1926 and FC Internazionale since 1947.

The arena will be built alongside the existing San Siro, which will then be demolished, as part of a redevelopment of the stadium’s site.

Named the Cathedral, the new stadium, which is set to open in 2027, has been designed by architects Populous, who also helped to design the new Wembley, and will centre around a new district dedicated to sport and leisure.

There will be over 110,000 square metres of green space, while the project will also generate new job opportunities and regenerate a key urban area in the city.

The stadium design is inspired two of the most famous buildings in the city, the Duomo di Milano and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.

Inside, the stadium’s bowl was designed to be the “most intimate in Europe”, by placing fans as close as possible to the pitch.

The stadium will be topped with photovoltaic panels and rainwater will be collected from the roof and reused.

“The Cathedral will become one of the most iconic stadiums in world football,” said Populous managing director Christopher Lee.

“It will create a world-class, modern, and truly bespoke home for the legendary clubs of AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano and form the beating heart of a new civic district,” he continued.

“It will be a stadium for all Milanese to enjoy for generations to come that is true to the city and honours its heritage. A stadium of Milano and for Milano.”

The current ground will be kept until at least the 2026 Winter Olympics, with the stadium set to host the opening ceremony.

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