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Monday, May 20, 2024

AC Milan Owner Believes Club Deserves New $733M Stadium

  • The club has hired architecture firm Populous for the project coined “The Cathedral.”
  • Last month, RedBird Capital Partners finalized a deal to purchase AC Milan for $1.3 billion.
AC Milan and Inter will build separate new stadiums, ending their historic shared tenure at San Siro.
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AC Milan owner RedBird Capital Partners believes the Italian soccer club deserves a new stadium to ensure a bright future. 

“A brand of this scale should have infrastructure that is indicative of its football prowess and global potential,” RedBird founder Gerry Cardinale told the Financial Times. 

A new stadium for AC Milan — which, based on different reports, could range from 50,000 to 70,000 seats — would also mean a new home for fellow Serie A rival Inter Milan, who have been co-tenants at the historic Giuseppe Meazza Stadium at San Siro since 1947. 

AC Milan has already kickstarted the process of building a new stadium. 

  • In 2020, Italy’s heritage authority approved the demolition of San Siro.
  • The club has hired architecture firm Populous for the project coined “The Cathedral.”
  • The development is estimated to cost roughly $733 million

Last month, RedBird finalized a deal to purchase AC Milan for $1.3 billion from New York-based investment firm Elliott Management, which will keep a minority stake in the club. 

RedBird, which has $6 billion in assets under management, won its bid for the club over Investcorp — the Middle East’s largest alternative assets manager.

Things Looking Up 

A potential new home for AC Milan comes amid promising results both on and off the pitch. 

AC Milan won its 19th Serie A title in the 2021-22 season, and the club is currently the 14th-most-valuable soccer team in the world at $1.2 billion, per Forbes.

It has generated $257 million in revenue in 2022, up from $165 million in 2021.

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