AC Milan vice-President Barbara Berlusconi has confirmed that Italian Serie A giants AC Milan were awarded the right to build a new stadium on the former trade fair site in the Lombardy city.

The new stadium would a capacity of 48,000 seats after beating off rival bids for a site they have identified for the construction of their new home, which is close to their new headquarters, which opened last year.

Barbara Berlusconi daughter of club President Silvio Berlusconi was quoted by the official website: “It is the first historic step. Milan will be like London. Today, with the decision of the Fair Fondazione Fiera, officially starts the path that, at least in our intention, will lead to a new stadium.”

The Rossoneri will be able to play their home games in their new stadium from the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

The initial plan of the stadium:

The vice-President further said: “It is a first step because we will have to submit the entire project to the institutions for approval. Today, however, is a historic day.

“Ours is primarily a cultural challenge. First of all for Milan because we offer an urban stadium, to promote the development of the area that will host it, to make it safer and a symbol of the city.

“It will completely change the mentality of those who have gone to the stadium, proposing services and moments of entertainment not only for the 90 minutes of the game.

“At the same time we will fight to discourage private and encouraging instead public transport. Milan, therefore, will be like London.

“In fact, London also has urban stadiums — they can be reached by metro and have allowed the redevelopment of the areas in which they were built.

“In addition, for Milan, it is essential for the commercial development of the club. The use of the stadium overall will bring in €50 to 80 million per year. This income will also be used to buy new players.”

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