It’s been months since the news that AC Milan and Inter Milan will have a new stadium became official, all that was missing was the official announcement of which project the two clubs, together with the Municipality of Milan, would have chosen to replace the Giuseppe Meazza. Yesterday afternoon, with a joint press release, the two clubs announced that the winning project is “Cattedrale“, created by the Populous architecture studio.
Over the last 40 years, the American firm has designed some of the most beautiful stadiums in the world, such as the new Wembley, the arenas for the Sydney 2000 and London 2012 Olympic Games, the Yankees Stadium in New York and, more recently, the beautiful new Tottenham stadium in London.
What convinced Milan and Inter was not only the experience in designing sports facilities, but also the inspirations and modernity of what will be the new stadium, probably ready for 2027. “Cathedral” will not only be a stadium, inspired by the architecture of the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, but a very modern and eco-sustainable area of 110sqm. A district for sports activities with minimal environmental impact, within which there will be a park of about 50sqm.
The final presentation of the project will come only next year, in the meantime, the two clubs in Milan have chosen how to replace San Siro, reducing the capacity of the new stadium from about 80 thousand seats to 65, but also decreasing the volume of the facility and the acoustic impact on the city.
The “Cathedral” will be a facility capable of hosting events when the two teams are not engaged in sports competitions, while it will be colored red or blue depending on the team that will play at home.
It will not be easy for those who love the rigorous and massive architecture of the San Siro to get used to no longer seeing those concrete blocks and the majestic verticality of the circular ramps. We are sure, however, that the new stadium designed by Populous will add a new gem of modernity and avant-garde art to the city of Milan.