A number of guidelines have been laid by Milan and Inter as they are set to build a new stadium; demolishing Stadio San Siro would reportedly cost €45m.
Milan and Inter made their plans to replace Stadio San Siro and build a new stadium official back in July. Today, the Milano-based version of il Corriere della Sera gave some new details.
Four companies are in the race for winning the project of building the new Milano stadium, and the decision regarding the winner is expected to arrive on September 23. The leading candidate is the American company Populous, followed by David Manica’s company Manica Architecture in collaboration with Milanese partners Progetto Cmr.
CorSera notes that saying goodbye to San Siro would cost around €45m; however, that’s small change compared to the maximum spending limit set for the new stadium, which is €605m. The total project on the stadium and all the facilities that surround it should cost €1.2bn.
The stadium, as confirmed by Milan two months ago, would have a capacity of 60,000 which would make it the second largest stadium in the Serie A in terms of spectator capacity, behind the Stadio Olimpico. The San Siro is currently the biggest ground in Italy and number 20 in the list of the biggest football stadiums in the world, where surprisingly, the number one spot is held by North Korea’s May Day Stadium.
So in terms of spectator numbers, these new plans would see a reduction in crowd capacity. According to CorSera, there will not be a roof fully covering the entire stadium in order to not risk going over budget. The newspaper explains that the new arena will ‘have to reflect the sophisticated architectural taste of the city that brings together the skyscrapers of Porta Nuova and the guard rail houses, and that pinch of exhibitionism that affects many of the VIP fans when they arrive at the stadium’.
It is said that the stadium will have to be flexible and be able to go from a 60,000 seater to a 55,000 seater (for concerts and shows). Additionally, there should be flexibility when it comes to the premium seats, which are the most expensive seats. There should be the option of converting non-premium seats into premium based on the type of event that the new stadium is hosting.
The breakdown for the premium seats should be as follows: in the event of the derby, there will be 12,500 seats of this nature – 6,000 for Milan and 6,000 for Inter. In case of an important match (against a top 6 side in the standings), there will be 10,300 premium seats with 3,000 of them for the opposing side. In other games, there would be 8,000 premium seats, with 1,000 for opposing fans.
CorSera writes that it is also needed to find a solution for the co-existence of the Milan and Inter megastores. The same applies for changing the colors of the stadium between Matchdays from the Diavolo’s Red and Black to Inter’s Blue and Black. In general, the transition between Milan and Inter must be immediate and not costly, even though state of the art technology is needed.
Another aspect is the new dressing rooms. The two dressing rooms reserved for the visiting teams, il Corriere della Sera writes, ‘will have to inspire fear and tension in the opponents in view of what will happen on the playing field’. As for the Milan and Inter locker rooms, they will be built with the idea of reducing outside acoustic impact in order to ensure the players are focused before the game. The situation regarding the Curva’s should stay the same: the ultras of Milan will keep sitting in the Curva Sud and the ultras of Inter in the Curva Nord. They will have a maximum capacity of 3,000 seats.
The memory of San Siro will be entrusted to the stadium museum. There are still some issues in regards to the problem of noise afflicting nearby homes and in regards to the number of parking lots. 262,000 square meters of the concession, 112,000sq meters are for a shopping center, 14,500sq meters for sporting activity, 16,500sq meters for a hotel, 4,400sq meters for a convention center and over 72,000sq meters for offices contained in two towers.
The new stadium is taking shape, slowly. Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis is already at work to find a sponsor for the new stadium who would most likely also get the naming rights.