Inter agree with AC Milan and opt for new £630m stadium
The two Serie A clubs, who currently share the 80,000-seater stadium, will now submit design plans to authorities in Milan for the joint project. If given the go-ahead, work will begin by the end of next season, with the aim of having the new stadium ready for the 2022/23 campaign.
It had been reported earlier this year that AC Milan had already made clear their preference for a new 60,000 capacity stadium but Inter favoured a renovation of the San Siro.
However, renovation work would’ve meant a reduced capacity for several years and with Inter having the highest average attendance (58,789) in the Italian top-flight last season, they have now decided to come on board with their city rivals, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
It means plans can now move ahead for the new build, which will apparently be constructed on the car parks next to the San Siro, with the new structure to be set partly below street level to reduce the visual impact in the vicinity. The surrounding stadium area will also be developed.
Both teams will continue playing at their current home during the construction of the new stadium.
Though their new ground will be significant smaller, the aim is for the modern build to improve the matchday experience for fans.
On the pitch, Inter and AC Milan finished fourth and fifth in Serie A, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League respectively.
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