AC MILAN and Inter have edged close to an awesome new San Siro by unveiIling TWO proposals – a rebuilt stadium and a massive, leafy leisure area costing more than one BILLION euros.
The 60,000-seat ground should be ready within three years after the Serie A rivals handed details of their feasibility project for 365-days-a-year entertainment to Milan authorities.
The idea is for a "retail and sports district via investment of around £875m that would also help rejuvenate the city after the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement on the joint plans by Populous and Manica/Sportium adds: "It will be a hub dedicated to retail, sports, cultural and leisure activities both outdoors and indoors, including a running track, a cycle path, an outdoor gym, a skateboard park, a five-a-side pitch and sports museum.
"Most of the sports services will be available free of charge to the Milanese and citizens of the surrounding areas.
'CORNERSTONE FOR THE CITY'
"Both concepts would deliver an innovative district dedicated to the next generation, cutting edge for its low environmental impact and high sustainability, creating a new meeting place for social and recreational activities in the neighbourhood.
"AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano believe it is essential, especially in light of the current moment, to commence a project that represents more than one billion euros of private investment, which will generate thousands of new jobs and serve as a cornerstone for the future development of the city of Milan and Italian football."
The clubs handed in the updated plans after the city authorities gave them 16 conditions to fulfil last November.
Only part of the current Giuseppe Meazza Stadium will be kept, with the overall new site doubling the amount of green space to around 106,000 square metres.
AC Milan chairman Paolo Scaroni has previously explained: "The project's strength is the two club's commitment together for the new Milano stadium.
"It means increased investments and a common goal to give the city a sports and entertainment district which is alive all year round thanks to events involving both teams and creating jobs for more than 3,500 people."
Both clubs had decided it would be too expensive – at around £452m – to just renovate the San Siro.
Meanwhile, Serie A teams are slowly easing back to training after large parts of Italy were hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Team practice will not be allowed before May 18 as league chiefs hope to step up testing of players and resume the season, perhaps next month.
With each club still having 12 or 13 matches matches remaining, champions Juventus are one point clear of second-placed Lazio and nine ahead of Inter in third.
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