Milan clubs choose ‘Cathedral’ design for new San Siro

AC Milan and Inter Milan moved a step closer to building their own stadium as they announced on Tuesday the design for the new San Siro.

โ€œThe Cathedralโ€ project by Populous was chosen over Manica-Cmr Sportium’s โ€œThe Rings of Milanoโ€ design.

โ€œThe new San Siro will be the most beautiful stadium in the world for its strong identity and recognizability,” AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni said.

โ€œAn attractive arena, accessible and sustainable for the city of Milan that will facilitate the growth of the clubs and their global competitiveness.โ€

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It means the beginning of the end for the iconic Stadio Giuseppe Meazza โ€” commonly referred to as San Siro โ€” where the two rival teams currently play their home matches.

The new stadium will be built next to the Meazza, which is expected to be partially demolished and turned into a smaller arena after it hosts the opening ceremony for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

The project, which will be finalised next year, is called โ€œThe Cathedralโ€ because it was inspired by Milan’s cathedral โ€” the Duomo di Milano โ€” as well as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.

No timeline has been given but Scaroni told The Associated Press recently that he expected it to be finished by 2024 or 2025.

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The stadium will be part of a new district dedicated to sport and leisure that will include extensive green space.

Populous designed Tottenham’s stadium as well as Wembley Stadium in London and Yankee Stadium in New York.

โ€œThe Cathedral is set to become one of the most iconic stadiums in the world … and will become the heart of a new neighborhood,” said Christopher Lee, the company’s managing director for the region. โ€œIt will celebrate the cultural heritage of Milan and it will be enjoyed by the Milanese population for many generations to come. A stadium of Milan and for Milan.โ€

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