One of the most iconic stadiums in football history is one step closer to being torn down after the green light was given for it to be destroyed to allow a new ground to be built in its place.
Italy's heritage authority has given approval to AC Milan and Inter Milan for the iconic San Siro stadium to be torn down, with a new 60 000-seater venue set to take its place.
According to the Daily Mail, both clubs had requested permission to demolish almost all of the historic arena, which holds a maximum capacity for 80 000 spectators and has served as their shared home since 1935, in order to replace it with a smaller, more modern stadium in the same area.
The proposal is part of a wider £1.1 billion (R23 billion) redevelopment plan that includes the construction of the new ground, surrounding hotels and prime real estate.
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Upon making its decision, the heritage authority reportedly found that the existing stadium held no architectural significance to be regarded as a heritage site due to a number of redevelopments over the years that have altered its original structure.
Apart from being home to the two Milan clubs, the San Siro was also used as a venue for the 1934 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 1980 UEFA European Championship.