And finally… San Siro will stand

And finally... San Siro will stand

Italian football clubs AC Milan and Inter will not be able to demolish the San Siro and build a new stadium together on the land after a new measure was taken to protect part of the structure.

The stadium, which is officially known as the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, was set to be replaced by a new stadium, named “The Cathedral”, designed by American architecture studio Populous.

An announcement was made this month by the Lombardy Regional Commission for Cultural Heritage which confirmed that the second ring of the stadium was being placed under an anti-demolition restriction by the Superintendency.

Inaugurated in September 1926, plans to expand the structure were devised by architects Armando Ronca and Ferruccio Calzolari between 1948 to 1955, aiming to increase the capacity, reaching 60,000 seats and 25,000 standing. To obtain this, the design team added a second ring, resting on support towers rapped in spiral ramps to allow for public access.

Now this second ring is turning 70 years old, it has achieved a status where it is protected by law and cannot be demolished after 2025.

Both Milan and Inter will now need to commit to building their own stadiums away from San Siro.

As things stand, it is most likely that Inter will head to Rozzano and Milan will head to San Donato.

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