We all know that AC Milan ownership wanted to build a new stadium and leave San Siro - that's property of the city of Milan - trying to follow the English model and today they unveiled the project of the complex of structures they're planning to build in the near future.
Here we have some photo of the scale model presented today.
Here are the first pics of the "New AC Milan Stadium" in the Portello-Fiera Milano City area, Pavilions 1 and 2 ©ARUP pic.twitter.com/MmTheEYbx4— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 4, 2015
And a short video about the presentation and the project.
Pretty cool, isn't it?
The "New AC Milan Stadium" is designed by ©ARUP - the same company that designed Allianz Arena and the new stadium in Beijing - and it looks like an ambitious project, but there's still something that leave me doubtful. Starting from the good things, with the new stadium there would be the possibility to redevelop a big area of the city with hotels, restaurants, new schools, a theme park and lots of other useful services so there would be plenty of new opportunities to profit. The total amount money they expect to spend is about € 200-300 millions (~ $ 230-340 millions) and it's not too much for an operation that's essential for AC Milan.
Then there's the "doubtful" thing to explain, so think to our current stadium and how big it is. If your imagination can't go this far I am here to help you with this video:
Now that you're all prepared, think to a new stadium with only 48000 seats instead of nearly 80000 like San Siro. The "New AC Milan Stadium" will be a little reshaped compared to the current one, even if it will surely be beautiful. That's why this solution doesn't convince me: is it worthwhile such a small stadium? is it a lost opportunity? There's no right answer to these questions because there are a lot of pros and cons to both solutions and anyone can see the glass half full or half empty depending on the point of view.