Stadium news #36
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, which is nicknamed San Siro, is the home of the world famous Italian football clubs AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano. AC Milan have been using the stadium for home games since 1926 and Inter have been using the stadium for home games since 1947. Both clubs won European championship titles and world championship titles. The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is named after a former football player of AC Milan and Internazionale. It hosted UEFA Champions League finals and FIFA World Cup games.
The Italian football clubs from Milan have plans to move to a new 65,000-capacity home venue. The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza might be demolished, but it is very unlikely that this will happen before 2026. The 80,000-capacity stadium was chosen to host the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympic Games in 2026. AC Milan and Internazionale have revealed the design of their new home, which is called The Cathedral.
Populous and the design of the planned venue
The design of the planned stadium refers to the Duomo di Milano and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, two famous buildings in the city of Milan. The design of Populous was chosen. The stands are designed with spectators placed as close to the field as possible. Populous designed famous stadiums in the city of London, like the Emirates Stadium, the London Stadium, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Wembley Stadium. They also designed the famous Accor Stadium in the Australian city of Sydney. The final design of The Cathedral is planned to be presented next year.
Not everyone in the Italian region of Lombardy is enthousiastic about the planned football stadium. Some activists and fans are protesting against the construction of the new venue and the demolition of the world famous stadium named Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Activists have plans to organize a referendum during which they will collect signatures against the planned stadium.