MILAN: Italy’s former world and European champions Internazionale have reportedly pinpointed a location for a new stadium as they step up a drive to move away from their long-time home, the Stadio Meazza at San Siro.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport reports that club president Massimo Moratti is favouring a plot of land in the San Donato district of Milan, which will be the base for the development of a 60,000-seat stadium along with other facilities such as shops and restaurants.
The site is currently owned by energy company Eni and it is believed any proposed development would not be completed until at least the 2017-18 season.
Matteo Sargenti, Councillor for Sports in San Donato, stressed that the plans remain at a draft stage at present with further consultations needed with both Inter and local residents. “The Inter project will be not just be a stadium, but a project that provides services for our city,” he was quoted as saying. “We are waiting for Inter’s final decision; at the moment it’s just a draft plan. Moreover, before we decide about it, we’ll ask the local citizens for their opinion.”
Inter in August signed a partnership to develop a new stadium in association with China Railway Construction Corporation. Inter, along with city rival AC Milan, has played in the 80,000-capacity San Siro stadium since 1926 but has been exploring the potential of developing a new home for some time now. The partnership with China Railways had envisioned the construction of a new stadium to be completed by 2017.
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