Milan, the home city of both AC Milan and Inter Milan, might push the two biggest football clubs in the Italian League out of the city.
The two clubs had lost patience over the wait for a new arena in the San Siro area of Italy, which is meant to be built in the car park of the current stadium.
If the two clubs move to the new arena, there is going to be a demolition of the old stadium. Although there are considerations on whether to demolish it or not due to the historical buildings and structures in San Siro.
The Milan council released a statement on July 28, 2023, confirming there will be a protection order placed on the stadium.
The Council said “If confirmed, the decision would have serious consequences not only for the future of the stadium and its economic sustainability but also vastly reduce the possibility the teams will remain in Milan with a new stadium.”
Inter Milan have gotten a place in the Rozzano area for a new stadium, and AC Milan have booked a space in San Donato, Milan, ahead of next season.
Facts You Don’t Know About San Siro, the Home of AC Milan and Inter Milan
The San Siro has a capacity of 80,018 people, making it one of the largest stadium in Europe and the largest in Italy.
It was created in December 1925, which is 96 years ago. The first game that was played on the pitch was between Inter Milan and AC Milan, which ended in a 6-3 win for Inter Milan.
The Stadium hosted three games at the 1934 FIFA World Cup including the opening ceremony. It also hosted six games at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, three games at the UEFA Euro 1980, and the four European Cup finals in 1965, 1970, 2001, and 2016.
The stadium hosted the 2001 UEFA Champions League finals, where Bayern Munich won, and the 2016 finals, where Real Madrid won.
Also, the 2021 UEFA Nations League finals between France and Spain were hosted in San Siro.
Other sports that were hosted at the San Siro included a boxing match between Duilio Loi and Carlos Ortiz for the Junior Welterweight title in 1960.
Also, a rugby match between Italy and New Zealand, which ended in a 20-6 victory for New Zealand was hosted at the stadium.
The stadium will also host the opening ceremony of the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The last major renovation on the San Siro happened in 1987–1990, which cost $60 million.
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