CorSera: Council towards ‘yes’ vote on new stadium issue; cost of San Siro restructure revealed

By Oliver Fisher -

Monday represents a crucial day in the future of AC Milan and Inter’s new stadium project with the results of a key council vote set to arrive.

An official event was held last month during which Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous showed their respective ‘Wedding ring’ and ‘Cathedral’ designs for the new structure, but now the serious proceedings will begin.

According to a report from Monday’s edition of il Corriere della Sera (via, there is no shortage of those within the council who have their doubts about the new stadium project.

However, the result of the vote is expected to be a positive one for the two clubs: the anticipated outcome is a ‘yes’ towards the project being in the public interest, but with certain reservations such as the preservation of San Siro.

The same paper claims that while Milan and Inter would like to demolish the current San Siro, they may have to compromise and settle for a restructuring of the current structure.

According to Jacopo Mascheroni of the Milanese architectural firm JMA, the repurposing of San Siro is entirely possible.

“It can be done, 200-250 million euros and three years of work would be needed,” he told the paper.

“The fact that the Meazza is built with independent rings helps: it would be enough to close a few sectors at a time to proceed safely, reducing the capacity to 45 thousand seats. components of the project will reduce the time.

“The result would be an arena of 62 thousand seats, with the historic sinuous lines of the covered ramps, reshaped and accentuated by the disappearance of the third ring, towers and pylons.

“The new faceted cover will be used to contain noise pollution outside, and improve acoustic comfort inside. The first step is the construction of the ‘zero ring’: three thousand premium seats on the sidelines, obtained by lowering the playing field by two meters.

“The services that are lacking today would be obtained in the gaps present in the two surviving rings, through new prefabricated floors where to insert the spaces of hospitality, food & beverage, bathrooms.

“The turnstiles will be incorporated into the third outer ring: a ‘green’ disk around the stadium, partly underground, which will house the parking lots, shops and all that is tempting for the clubs and will entertain the fans.

“The red trusses would be recycled in the new square: they will be a double portal that will design the boulevard leading to the metro. Finally, the eco-sustainability chapter: ‘deep’ green, as requested by the residents, park areas, geothermal system, rainwater collection system, LED lights and energy devices.”

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