Italy: Inter begins consultations on new stadium

source:; author: Paulina Skóra

Italy: Inter begins consultations on new stadium Inter Milan has initiated consultations with fans regarding the proposal for the construction of a new stadium. This facility is intended to replace the legendary San Siro and mark the beginning of a new era in the rich history of the Nerazzurri.


Suburban stadium

The club is working on plans for a stadium that would be constructed on greenfields between Rozzano and Assago, near the A7 highway connecting Milan to Genoa. The area is currently owned by the company Infrafin. Inter has already secured exclusive rights to conduct a feasibility study for potential stadium construction at this location. The club has time until the end of April 2024 to review the project. A few days ago, Inter issued a statement officially starting the consultations. The club stated that it remains "strongly committed" to the Rozzano project. The design process, officially initiated with the acquisition of exclusive rights to Infrafin's land, continues through collaboration with Populous and frequent meetings with senior management and stakeholders.

The project will revolve around the ideas and needs of the fans. To achieve this, a survey has been launched, covering the entire Nerazzurri community. Gathering opinions, starting with a survey dedicated to traffic issues, will continue in the coming months with subsequent topics related to Inter's new home, the club's official website states.

In an interview with Sky Italia, CEO Alessandro Antonello added, "We want to hear the voices of our supporters and understand from them how we should implement and develop our project. We have this exclusivity period and are working to determine whether the project is feasible." According to the initial project by Populous Italy, the capacity of Inter Milan's new stadium will be 70,000 seats and is set to open before the start of the 2028/2029 season.

Design of Nuovo stadio dell'Inter© Populous

Culturally significant facility

In October, it was revealed that the authorities in Milan filed an appeal against the decision to grant San Siro protected status, effectively preventing any attempts at redevelopment. The opinion classified Meazza's second floor along with the western stand as culturally significant. City officials stated that they would appeal to the Regional Administrative Court (TAR) for Lombardy-Milan to obtain the annulment of the opinion presented by the Supervisor of Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Landscape of the Metropolitan City of Milan on July 26. The verdict in this matter was supposed to be delivered this month, but it was announced a few days ago that it has been postponed to March.

Inter and its city rival, AC Milan, had previously worked on the joint project Nuovo Stadio Milano at the Meazza site, but ongoing delays prompted both sides to reevaluate the situation.

Design of Nuovo stadio dell'Inter© Populous

Record revenues for San Siro

Meanwhile, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza recorded its first profit in nearly two decades and a record revenue of €404.5 million. MI Stadio, the company managing the stadium, announced good financial results for the 2022/2023 season, contributed by revenues generated from performances in the Champions League. Inter lost in the final to Manchester City after eliminating AC Milan in the semi-finals of the competition.

According to Calcio e Finanza, MI Stadio reported revenues of €27.1 million for the period ending on June 30, 2023, compared to €19.8 million in the previous year. Meanwhile, the profit amounted to €3.6 million, marking an increase compared to €1 million. This set a new benchmark for the stadium, surpassing the revenue record of €23.6 million set in the 2015/2016 season and a profit of €1.6 million in the 2018/2019 season.