AC Milan, along with FC Internazionale Milano, has announced that Populous has been chosen as Architect for their new Milan stadium.
Over the next weeks, Populous’ project – named ‘The Cathedral’- will now be dedicated to finalising the objectives and development process of the new build.
Paolo Scaroni, President at AC Milan, commented: “The new San Siro will be the most beautiful stadium in the world for its strong identity and recognisability. An attractive arena, accessible and sustainable for the city of Milan that will facilitate the growth of the clubs and their global competitiveness.”
The decision announced by Comune di Milano in November sees a reconfiguration of the area in San Siro, currently occupied by the Meazza Stadium, through the creation of a new district dedicated to sport and leisure.
The enterprise has stated that the district will be pedestrian-only, with 40% of the area being green spaces. Furthermore, the car park will be moved to a dedicated underground area.
The clubs sped up the process to finalise the selection of Populous and kick-off the next phase of the project, which will be carried out in the next months with the aim to present a final project in the later part of 2022.
Christopher Lee, Managing Director – EMEA, Populous, shared: “The Cathedral will become one of the most iconic stadiums in world football. It will create a world-class, modern, and truly bespoke home for the legendary clubs of AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano and form the beating heart of a new civic district.
“It will be a stadium for all Milanese to enjoy for generations to come that is true to the city and honours its heritage. A stadium of Milano and for Milano.”
Furthermore, in terms of sustainability, the stadium is to be surrounded by a large green area, will be carbon neutral and LEED-certified, due to the use of the innovative materials and technologies in terms of water and electricity usage, as well as noise control.
“Our design envisages the stadium as the most sustainable in Europe and the focal point of a new sports and entertainment district for Milano that will be alive throughout the year,” added Declan Sharkey, Senior Principal and General Manager, Populous Italia.
“Underpinned by the history and traditions of these two great clubs, it will not only deliver an incredible sporting arena to watch football in but revitalise the whole area to better serve Milano’s citizens, visitors, fans and their families.”
In wanting to improve the image of both clubs, the development looks to generate new job opportunities, ‘regenerate a key urban area’ in the city, and create a new green space for citizens.