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New Inter Milan stadium: Populous announce plans for new San Siro in Rozzano

With the San Siro being saved from demolition by a government intervention, world-famous stadium architects Populous have announced initial plans for a new Inter Milan stadium in Rozzano.

Here's everything you need to know about the new Inter stadium, including capacity, location, design and potential timelines.

New Inter Milan stadium designed by Populous

What happened to San Siro demolition plans?

It's first important to note that the new Inter ground will not be on the current site of the San Siro.

For many years, it had been anticipated that AC Milan and Internazionale would rebuild San Siro.

Authorities stated that the San Siro has ‘cultural interest' and so cannot be demolished.

Inter and AC Milan had long been prepared for such a verdict and thus had been making alternative plans for some time.

It's also significant that with the San Siro demolition cancelled, AC Milan and Inter will no longer be looking to share stadium.

San Siro was originally the home of AC Milan, from its construction in 1926 until 1947. At that point, Inter – who had been playing their home fixtures at the Arena Civic – began sharing with their rivals.

It was, and is, a marriage of convenience, dictated by the lack of alternatives and the ease of sharing which allows the clubs to share financial responsibilities towards the ground.

The City of Milan owns the stadium, with AC Milan and Inter acting as shared tenants.

However, the two clubs are now set to split.

Where will the new Inter Milan stadium be?

Inter announced in mid-December 2023 that the club is “strongly committed to the project of a new stadium on the outskirts of Milano, in the municipality of Rozzano.”

Rozzano is a municipality in the Metropolitan City of Milan. It's a full nine kilometres away from Milan city centre. It's a half-hour drive from the current San Siro site.

Rozzano has average transport links. It's a 48-minute journey on the 15 tram from the centre of Milan. It's likely the local transport infrastructure would have to be significantly improved.

What will the new Inter stadium look like?

A big bowl stadium with a standard, grey roof. Other details are unclear. Initial pictures suggest there'll be unique rings of plants around at least one side of the stadium, which will be situated in the middle of greenery and next to one big office blocks. Presumably this latter structure will be for club employees, or perhaps it'll be a hotel.

New Inter Milan stadium designed by Populous

What's the capacity of the new Inter Milan stadium?

The new Inter Milan stadium will have a capacity of 70,000. This is smaller than the 80,018-seater San Siro. However, the ground is not always full for Inter or AC Milan matches, and the club suggest comfort will be hugely enhanced at a new ground. It does seem a shame to reduce capacity, though.

“Outside the stadium,” the club statement says, “a sports ‘town' and welcome areas for fans and everyone attending the district will be created.

“All of this will be accessible for 365 days a year and complement the surrounding park.”

What are the next steps for the new Inter stadium in Rozzano?

The first steps have been taken. Inter acquired exclusive rights for the land in Rozzano, which is currently owned by Infrafin. They then met with the architects Populous.

The next stage is to consult Inter fans. Surveys are being launched now to get supporters' opinions on a variety of topics, the first of which is traffic.

After that, serious discussions will have to begin with the city council, rivals AC Milan and many others. It's likely the new Inter stadium is a long-term project that could take well over five years to complete.

Harry Robinson

A freelance writer and broadcaster, Harry has worked for or featured in/on Manchester United, FourFourTwo, The Independent, The Manchester Mill, UEFA, United We Stand and many others. He's the author of The Men Who Made Manchester United and hosts the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. A Stretford End season ticket holder, Harry travels around Europe to watch his team.

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