GdS: 70k capacity, two rings and large screens – Manica to design Milan’s new stadium

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan have chosen Manica as the architect for their new stadium in the San Donato area, which will have a capacity of 70k. The plan is to start the construction at the end of 2025, a report claims. 

Milan have been in talks with the San Donato council for quite some time over building a stadium in the San Francesco area. The Rossoneri have already acquired the land and are now in the final stages of getting the project approved.

According to today’s edition of Gazzetta Dello Sport (see photo below), Manica will design the stadium as well as the surrounding area. The company, which is very highly rated in the sector, was chosen by Milan after beating the competition of 12 other firms.

It’s worth noting that Manica, then along with CMR, were in the running for the San Siro project (see featured image) but lost out to Populous. Per the newspaper, the stadium in San Donato will have a capacity of 70k, two rings instead of three and the biggest screens in Italy, with clear inspiration from stadiums in the United States.

On both sides of the stadium, there will be premium and hospitality seats, dedicated to companies and those who can spend more money to watch a game. There will also be family sections and the seats will be bigger compared to San Siro.

As the newspaper concludes, there will not just be a store and a museum outside the stadium but also a large square (ideally as large as Piazza Duomo) by the main entrance with restaurants, bars and clubs around the entire perimeter. Here Milan hopes to celebrate the next victories with the fans.

Tim Romani, stadium consultant for Milan: “I have been chasing the dream of a new stadium in Milan for six years. CAA Icon and Manica will help us create a world-class facility, up to the great expectations of Milan and RedBird Capital.”

Manica: “We are proud to have been chosen to create the design of the new stadium. We will work to ensure that the outcome of the project is worthy of this exceptional club, the city and all the fans around the world.”

The club’s goal is to start the work at the end of 2025 and play in the new stadium in 2028 or 2029.

Tags AC Milan Manica San Donato


  1. Personally, I prefer Populous design, however, due to the shape and alignment of the land, building 70k capacity stadium with rectangular design is hard as the corner would overlap with existing road. Meanwhile, oval design fit better as it has more rows at non-corner and less rows at corner which means the shorter corner won’t overlap with existing road. If it means we get at least 70k, I don’t mind Malicna over Populous.

    1. I also liked the cathedral design very much, but I think more than the new area being the reason why it won’t be used (I do think San Francesco is large enough), is the fact that the Populous design to some degree also “belongs” to Inter. It was a joint venture, so they probably have some legal claim to the design and Milan can’t unilaterally take it and use it. Then, from an aesthetic point of view, I don’t think the cathedral design would look very good in the new area. It would look kind of random between those two autostrade.

      1. The area is large enough but the shape and alignment do not suit long corner stands as in rectangle. In order to fit rectangle design, the stadium must have northwest-southeast alignment which is not good to be used in northern hemisphere.

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  2. Three tiers steep is better for atmosphere, milan should have a new San siro. 2 rings just doesn’t seem right for a massive club like milan, it should be a daunting stadium to walk up to.

  3. The Cathedral design was beautiful and so different to the disillusionment bowl style of stadium. The squareness of it also paid homage to San Siro…Milan Is the world capital of style and the stadium should represent that.

  4. There’s one thing I don’t get it. IF the project is in its FINAL STAGES OF APPROVAL, then how come they’re planning to start the building 2 years from now!? 2 years, and it’s in the final stages of approval?!
    I know there are many birocratic s**t they must go through (especially in Italy), but still, even Roma are aiming to play their 1st season on their new stadium by 2027!

    P.S. For all those commenting about the new design, you should know that the picture above ISN’T from the new stadium, as it still hasn’t even been done yet! It’d just the company’s previous work! Get it?!

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