AC Milan And Inter Given Permission To Tear Down The Iconic San Siro
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San Siro has been the home of both Italian giants since 1947, but the venue's days are over as plans to build a new ground have been put in place.
Both sides filed a request last year to jointly build a new 60,000-seat stadium on the same plot of land.
Although the heritage authority giving the green light doesn't mean the demolition is confirmed, it is a huge step forward.
The new stadium is is set to be the launchpad for a £1.1 billion real estate plan in the local district.
Despite many fans having sentimental feelings for the stadium, it has been ruled as having 'no cultural significance' considering the numerous renovations it has gone under.
OFFICIAL: The demolition of San Siro has been approved because it has "no cultural interest" according to Italy's heritage authority.
How can they say that about something as iconic as this?! :disappointed_relieved: pic.twitter.com/hvepXWGfdP
- Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) May 22, 2020
"The two new proposals are the result of a constructive dialogue with the Municipality and have been developed in accordance with the 16 conditions provided by the Municipality and the City Council in November 2019.
"The new concepts designed by Populous and Manica/Sportium provide for the retention of a part of the current Giuseppe Meazza Stadium within a new retail and sports district that can be used 365 days a year, including about 106,000 square metres of green space (nearly double the current 56,000 square metres of green space on the current site).
"It will be a hub dedicated to retail, sports, cultural and leisure activities both outdoors and indoors, including a running track, a cycle path, an outdoor gym, a skateboard park, a five-a-side pitch and sports museum: most of the sports services will be available free of charge to the Milanese and citizens of the surrounding areas.
"Both concepts would deliver an innovative district dedicated to the next generation, cutting edge for its low environmental impact and high sustainability, creating a new meeting place for social and recreational activities in the neighbourhood.
"FC Internazionale Milano and AC Milan believe it is essential, especially in light of the current moment, to commence a project that represents more than one billion euros of private investment, which will generate thousands of new jobs and serve as a cornerstone for the future development of the city of Milan and Italian football."
While the new stadium is likely to be an outstanding spectacle, it will be hard to see the Milan clubs away from the legendary San Siro.