San Siro in Milan is set to be replaced by a new stadium after Italy’s heritage authority had raised no objections to its demolition.
This venue was built in 1926 and is shared by AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Last year the clubs filed a request to jointly build a new 60,000-seater stadium next to the existing ground.
Although approval from heritage authorities is not the final decision, it is an important step towards implementing the plan.
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According to an opinion from the authority to the Milan municipality which owns the site, the arena does not have any architectural significance that would prevent its demolition.
The San Siro has undergone several redevelopments and only a small remnant of the oldest part of the stadium remains.
Plans under discussion include replacing most of the old arena but retaining part of it as a landmark around which the clubs would build new sports facilities available to the national public.