With AC Milan pushing forward with their plans to move away from the Stadio San Siro and having identified a location for their new home, the club has now confirmed which of 12 potential companies have won the rights to turn their stadium dreams into a reality.
Kansas-based Mancia Architecture will now work on the designs for the new AC Milan stadium in the San Donato district on the outskirts of the city. The plans are that construction can begin in 2025 and include the development of a club store, a museum, and an entertainment centre to drive revenue generation through non-football events, like music concerts.
However, although the new arena will comprise only two tiers, La Gazzetta Dello Sport has reported that RedBird Capital founder Gerry Cardinale has increased his ambitions and will now look to build a 70,000 all-seater venue for the Rossoneri supporters to enjoy, rather than the initial 60,000 plan.
When will AC Milan’s new stadium open?
With plenty of work still to be undertaken, it will be some time before AC Milan are entertaining crowds in their new stadium, but the 2028/29 Serie A season is the aim with the 2029/30 campaign a year later also being mentioned as a possibility during initial communication.
Mancia will work in collaboration with CAA Icon and have been working with founder Tim Romani, who joined the Rossoneri project as development manager. Romani had already guided the two organisations for the successful construction of the state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, where Milan faced La Liga champions Barcelona in August.
What will AC Milan’s new stadium look like?
While it is too soon to have a firm idea of the exact plans for the new stadium, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is expected to be a strong reference point for Mancia and CAA Icon. This is in part due to the fact that the London-based arena generated €125 million for the Premier League club last season.
Just like many of the largest sports venues in the United States, it will hold the largest TV screens in Italy at both ends of the stadium.
AC Milan’s new stadium also plans to have premium hospitality seating, whilst ensuring that tickets remain accessible for all budgets. There are also plans for a 360-degree panoramic view from the upper tier and, significantly, more bars and restaurants than the San Siro has currently.