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As A.C. Milan and Inter Return to Top, San Siro May Be Coming Down


The teams say they initially considered changes to the present San Siro but quickly concluded logistical issues and delays can be an excessive amount of to beat. What they’ve proposed as an alternative is a 60,000-seat arena to be built round the corner. Once it’s constructed, the present San Siro will come down and make way for public space which will include elements of its iconic towers and ramps, in line with the designs by Populous, the American architecture firm whose proposal was chosen.

“I believe these buildings are containers, and due to this fact the old buildings have such emotion attached to them that the concept a few of it may remain, if it may be there as a marker of history of what was before, is kind of a pleasant idea,” said Chris Lee, a managing director of Populous. “One must be careful about attempting to transfer an excessive amount of of that, literally, into recent buildings, where it may easily tip into the pastiche of attempting to recreate a constructing.”

Opposition is to be expected, Lee said. In Milan, it has emerged in various forms.

Milan’s mayor, Beppe Sala, while generally supportive of the project, has warned each clubs that the city-owned San Siro would remain until at the least 2026, when it is anticipated to host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

A distinct group, the Si Meazza committee, has taken a hard-line approach, difficult the mere idea of the demolition of the San Siro, which its most distinguished voices — lawyers, concert promoters and former politicians — described as an emblem of Milan known world wide, a stage on which Diego Maradona, Bob Dylan and Beyoncé have performed. Other critics pointed to the ecological impact of tearing down a stadium and highlighted renderings that they argued proved the job might be done for half the price while saving the unique arena.

Some fear, though, the die could have been forged: A future without the San Siro received the tacit approval of Italy’s heritage authority in 2020 when it raised no objections to the stadium’s demolition. In November, the project was declared in the general public interest (with certain conditions) by city officials.

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