Out with the old, in with the new: it seems this is Milan’s new mantra. Milan have overhauled their roster, introduced a new insignia on their kits, and, in a few short years, will play matches in a brand-new, state-of-the-art stadium.
Earlier this year, the club had submitted plans for a stadium to seat 48, 000 in the city’s Portello-Fiera district, right in the center of Milan. The project, which will cost anywhere between 300-350 million euros, will see the Rossoneri leave the iconic Stadio San Siro it shares with rivals Inter. The new ground will be run by the club, and will feature a hotel, restaurants, parking areas, offices and educational facilities. Today, the Fondazione Fiera – the organization responsible for urban development in the area – gave Milan the green light to proceed with development. If all goes to plan, the stadium will open its doors for the 2018-19 season.
Nuovo Stadio: un progetto che diventa realtà. Barbara Berlusconi: "Giornata storica per il Milan e per Milano" http://t.co/SDBeopAY87— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 7, 2015
Barbara Berlusconi, speaking to the Italian media, said that the goal of the project is to "favour the development of the area that will host us, make it more secure and a symbol for the city, to completely change the mentality of those who come to the stadium by providing services and moments of entertainment that go beyond the 90 minutes of the game." The stadium will benefit the club as well as the community, with revenues projected at 50-80 million per year, which the club will use to invest in new players.
Seems that, after years of trials and tribulations, the Rossoneri’s faithful have finally been rewarded with much to look forward to. Check out the photos of the stunning new stadium below.