The famous San Siro in Milan is set to be replaced by a new stadium. This after Italy’s heritage authority raised no objections to its demolition.
AC Milan and Inter Milan share the San Siro stadium which was built in 1926. Last year, the two clubs filed a request to jointly build a new 60,000-seater stadium next to the existing ground.
Although approval from heritage authorities is not the final decision, it is an important step towards implementing the plan.
According to an opinion from the authority to the Milan municipality which owns the site, the arena does not have any architectural significance that would prevent its demolition.
The finding of the commission stated that because of an expansion in 1937 to 1939 and further work done in the second half of the 20th Century, there was no sufficient reason to keep the site’s heritage protected. The reason being they are too modern. Had the stadium held more of its pre-war qualities without adornment or alteration then the result may have been different.
City representatives, including Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala, had repeatedly questioned plans to completely demolish the San Siro. Consequently, the clubs have modified initial projects which would have seen the entire stadium destroyed.
Plans under discussion include replacing most of the old arena but retaining part of it as a landmark around which the clubs would build new sports facilities available to the public.