New stadium update: ‘Cathedral vs. wedding rings’ – the competing designs…

By Oliver Fisher -

More details have emerged from Thursday’s papers regarding the construction of a ‘new San Siro’ and the competing projects.

On Wednesday afternoon, there was a meeting between the two clubs – Milan and Inter – and the city council, to discuss the details of the stadium project.

The Rossoneri president, Paolo Scaroni, spoke to ANSA afterwards and gave his thoughts on the meeting, essentially confirming that the plan is to go full steam ahead with the new development.

Thursday’s edition of il Corriere di Milano – as cited by – offers a hint at what the two competing designs for the ‘nuovo San Siro’ look like.

One of the designs contains glass spires and lets a lot of light in, in tribute to the iconic Milan duomo, while the other resembles two wedding rings that cross over – the report claims.

The two firms competing for the project are the US giant Populous against the Italian-American consortium Manica-Cmr, and both designs include towers and buildings around the stadium.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) back up those claims, adding that the Populous is inspired by the Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and ‘would play a lot on lights and glass, allowing different colours depending on the team involved’. 

The concept is that of a “Cathedral of football”, the report continues, with galleries around the central body whose arches recall the two masterpieces of Piazza Duomo. 

The Manica-Cmr design is ‘equally beautiful and modern’, but more traditional: its hallmark would be two huge rings that cross, to symbolise the coexistence of the two clubs in the same house. 

Part of the facade could be dedicated to the fans, La Gazzetta continues, with the possibility of inserting names and perhaps photos on the “bricks” of the plant.

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