Following the news that both AC Milan and Inter Milan had agreed to construct a new stadium rather than what would’ve been a costly redevelopment of the existing San Siro, two shortlisted designs for a new 60,000-seat stadium, to be built next to their iconic San Siro home, have been unveiled.

The San Siro is one of the most iconic stadiums in Europe, but it has run its course with news that both Milan clubs have agreed to build a new stadium, which is expected to cost 650m euros (£576m) and take three years to build. As well as the construction of the brand new home for both AC Milan and FC Internazionale, the ambitious project would also see the redevelopment of the surrounding neighbourhood.

AC milan and FC internazionale have shared a stadium in San Siro for more than 70 years,” said AC Milan chairman Paolo Scaroni. “The project’s strength is the two club’s commitment together for the new milano stadium. it means increased investments and a common goal to give the city a sports and entertainment district which is alive all year round thanks to events involving both teams and creating jobs for more than 3,500 people.

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The Cathedral

The two designs, by Populous and Manica/Sportium, will now be looked over by fans, residents, and city authorities, with a survey set to be launched on the stadium’s official website. First up, according to its architect, Populous, ‘The Cathedral’ will be the greatest stadium in Europe. Its bespoke seating bowl will bring fans closer to the action than ever before and will create an unforgettable atmosphere. The Cathedral will apparently become a global icon — providing a unique home for the legendary clubs of AC Milan and FC Inter Milan.

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The Rings of Milano

Next, the scheme designed by Manica/Sportium, titled ‘The Rings of Milano’, comprises two rings, interlocked and set apart in perfect balance. According to the design team, this illustrates that the Milanese people are the true link to preserving the legacy and future of football in the district of San Siro. Serving as a living element of the building’s architecture and a true reflection of its city, the façade of the stadium captures the faces of more than 16,000 fans.

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