AC Milan and Inter Milan have announced that they have jointly selected Populous’ project as the two clubs’ new stadium. So, among related football news, Populous will become the new stadium for both AC Milan and Inter, replacing San Siro.
AC Milan and Inter have both played at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, that fans colloquially call ‘San Siro’, since 1926.
With a seating capacity of over 80,000, the stadium is the largest in Italy. And it has hosted many of the most important matches in football – Italian, European, and international.
In June 2019, though, the two clubs announced their intention to build a new stadium to replace this historic venue.
Still, the Milan duo will retain their current home ground until at least the 2026 Winter Olympics. After all, the stadium is planning to host the opening ceremony for the tournament.
Populous Will Become the New Stadium for Both AC Milan and Inter
Now, the Milan office of Populous project will be designing ‘The Cathedral’, for Milan and Inter’s new joint home stadium. This Cathedral will centre around a new district dedicated to sport and leisure. And this innovative centre, in its turn, includes 110,000sqm of green area and a carbon-neutral footprint.
As for the design of the stadium itself, it takes inspiration from two of the most famous buildings in Milan. The Duomo di Milano and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the city are the two main inspirations for this project.
“The new San Siro will be the most beautiful stadium in the world for its strong identity and recognisability,” said Paolo Scaroni, President of AC Milan. “An attractive arena, accessible and sustainable for the city of Milan that will facilitate the growth of the clubs and their global competitiveness.”
Alessandro Antonello, corporate CEO of Inter, added: “The New Stadium of Milan will be in an extra-contemporary green area that can be lived all year round. The new district for sport and leisure and its 50,000sqm park will make San Siro the go-to neighbourhood for sport and entertainment.”