Though not yet official, reports indicate that the final design for a new Milan stadium to replace the iconic San Siro has now been chosen.
The 75,000-capacity San Siro is one of football’s most recognisable stadiums and has played host to AC Milan since the 1920s and city rivals Inter since the 1940s.
It has also hosted numerous Italian national team matches, fixtures at two World Cups and been the stage for four Champions League finals – most recently in 2016.
Talks regarding a 60,000-seater, modern replacement venue have been ongoing since 2019, with two sets of designs put forward by competing architectural firms; ‘The Cathedral’ by Populous and ‘The Rings’ by Manica.
According to Corrie Della Sera, the two clubs have now settled on the Populous project (shown in video above), which could be ratified following upcoming local elections in October.
Architects Populous, who were also behind the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the new Wembley, have promised ‘the most sustainable stadium in Europe’.
According to the project outline, ‘The Cathedral’ design – which features a glass facade which can be lit up in team colours – is far from your generic stadium and ‘draws inspiration from two of Milan’s most iconic buildings; the Duomo and the Galleria’.
While the old San Siro is set to be demolished as part of the rebuild, the new project does plan to incorporate parts of the old structure into the new stadium, with parts of the original stands and towers re-used to preserve the beloved old ground.
The new stadium was originally planned for opening by the 2022/23 season. However, the pandemic and issues surrounding the Milan clubs’ ownership have delayed proceedings, with 2024 now speculated as the year of completion.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Milan president Paolo Scaroni said: “I hope we’ll see it (the new stadium) in 2024, 2025 – built.
“The work could start at the end of next year, when the planning details are all finished. So seeing as that’s 2022, I add two years of work and say 2024.”