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AC Milan & Inter confirm plans to demolish San Siro

By Ben Green

Published: 13:16, 25 June 2019

AC Milan and Inter Milan have confirmed plans to demolish their iconic San Siro Stadium and replace it with a brand new venue.

According to Rossoneri president Paolo Scaroni, the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium – more commonly referred to as the San Siro – will be knocked down, and a state of the art venue will be built in its place.

A new Milan stadium: Five things to know…

  • The San Siro is one of world football’s most idolised and revered stadiums.
  • Opened in 1926, the 80,018-capacity venue is one of the largest in the sport, and has been shared by both Milan clubs since 1947.
  • Milan previously scrapped plans to move into a new purpose-built stadium in 2014.
  • Both Milan clubs are now collaborating to construct a new venue in place of the San Siro.
  • Scaroni wants the new San Siro to host the 2026 Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony.

The famous ground has played host to four European Cup and Champions League finals, but has been in need of serious renovation across the past few years, though both Milan clubs have now opted for an entirely new project.

“Everything is proceeding,” Scaroni told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We will build a new San Siro next to the old one on the same area of land.

“The old one will be knocked down and, in its place, there will be new constructions.”

The Milan president confirmed the plans in Lausanne, where the Olympic Committee will decide the hosts for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games on Monday, and he revealed his desire to see the new stadium hold the opening ceremony should Milan be selected as one of the host cities.

He added: “It’s an extremely complicated process. It would be beautiful to have the Olympics’ opening ceremony in the new San Siro, but we are not certain.”

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Milan mayor wants San Siro redevelopment

Speaking previously about proposals to knock down the San Siro and build a new stadium, Milan mayor Beppe Sala admitted he would rather see the current venue refurbished rather than demolished.

He stated in April: “For my part, I would prefer the two clubs to restructure Giuseppe Meazza.

“The ball is in the ground of the two teams, but they have not yet come to talk to us.

“Two stages in 50 meters is difficult: if Inter and Milan want to build the new stadium, San Siro should be demolished.”