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New Inter Milan stadium: Club receive significant boost as they plan to leave San Siro

Despite the San Siro being saved from demolition by a government intervention, world-famous stadium architects Populous announced initial plans for a new Inter Milan stadium in Rozzano at the end of last year.

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

Inter Milan new stadium: Latest update

According to reports in Italy, Inter Milan have received a major boost in their hopes of moving to a new stadium in Rozzano. As things stand, the own that Inter have their hearts set on is owned by the Cabassia Group, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, and in recent days the group have obtained a license to build a sporting venue.

According to the license they have obtained, the land now can be used for “cultural, sports and leisure services”. This is a huge indication that the Inter hierarchy have no intention of staying at the San Siro despite local figures desperate for both Inter and AC Milan to stay at the iconic venue now that it has been saved from demolition.

The license confirms that sporting arenas and stadiums can now be built on the land which is significant because Inter have a first-refusal right on it. This agreement is set to expire in April but should they need more time, they have the possibility to extend for another year.

However, with one of the biggest hurdles now out the way, and with the project effectively green-lit, the time has now come for the Nerazzurri to either fully commit to the project by purchasing the land from the Cabassi Group or ditch them altogether and focus on renovating the San Siro.

What happened to San Siro demolition plans?

It's 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.”

Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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