Saturday October 12 2019
'New San Siro better than Tottenham'

The architect behind one of the designs for a new San Siro hosting Milan and Inter assures it’ll be “better than the Tottenham Stadium,” which they also planned.

The two clubs are eager to construct a new arena next to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, at which point they can then tear down the iconic structure.

They reduced the shortlist down to two designs, one with concentric rings around the stadium, while the other by architects Populous would have slats based on the Duomo di Milano and Galleria.

“We started out with the desire to create something unique for the city of Milan,” architect Alessandro Zoppini told Radio Sportiva.

“We used the two principle symbols of Milan, which are the Duomo and the Galleria. We wanted a stadium that was extremely functional and could with the full context around it revamp an urban zone that is currently underdeveloped. The ground where it’d be built is currently unused for six days out of seven.

“It’s a stadium that will be even better than recent project, such as the Tottenham Stadium (also designed by Populous). It’ll have a great atmosphere for the fans, but also be open to all those who live in the area.

“It’d recycle energy resources and have less of an audible impact on surrounding homes. We plan to plant thick trees that will completely surround the stadium.

“We’re ready to start tomorrow if we’re chosen and the arena can be completed in three and a half to four years. We worked for over a year on the feasibility of reconstructing the Stadio Meazza, but it’s like an old car: it uses up too much energy, makes too much noise and doesn’t have modern comforts, so it’s basically an obsolete structure.”

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