“A panoramic revolving and sliding natural glass roof that inaugurates a weather-sensing system, heating and ventilation technologies for attendees and on-the-pitch systems for players, piezoelectric and photovoltaic solar panels, 3D 8K-resolution scoreboards for replays, 802.11ac free WiFi access throughout the stadium, FIFA Goal-Line Technology, five different tier seats, spaces for children, an Inter heritage museum, a Nerazzurri prestige museum, the second Solo Inter official store (the first being in the city), exclusive zones for leisure and comfort, luxury suite and sky boxes with iPads and concierge hospitality, art facilities, and an exclusive turf… the ‘Spaceship’ is set to become the world’s most advanced venue upon commemoration.”

These are the words that have become the talk of the town. Gone are the flying buttresses and some 80,000 seats of the yesteryears at the Meazza, but in its place, a structure that hails and breathes the legacy of Inter. It has been rumored that the stadium will take up a double-persona: becoming a leading technological icon and flagship for the future on one end, and in the other… paying tribute to history by resembling and taking inspiration from multiple areas of the San Siro.

And speaking of the San Siro, here are some panoramic shots to make you drool all over your keyboard:

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As friends gather around for lunch, the talk over steak & balsamic vinegar is filled with a harmonious sense of joy from last evening’s 105th birthday party over at the Solo Inter store in the city center (Via Berchet 1, Milan). “Inter Ti Amo” with the 105 in white and the much-expected black and blue stripes. Smiles. Laughter. Filled with much enthusiasm, with C’è solo l’Inter playing in the background, we returned from our memories of yesterday to the lunch table today with our mind set on the Bologna match. We were eager to see how many circles would Diamanti try to wrap around Carrizo and of course… the subject of everyone’s attention and aggregation… the number of hat-tricks that Rocchi would finally score tonight.

In addition to the Bologna match to view at night, we had just received word from multiple gurus and analysts about the new and heavily-praised stadium, what was to become the new symbol of our beloved club… a way to get out of the debts of FFP and the Milanese commissions from il Meazza and onwards to profitability.

The usual suspects are all there: restaurants, shopping centers, museums, stands, lounges, and yada-yada. Then all of a sudden, you get the out-of-the-ordinary bits; just when you think that this will be another regular boring stadium to bring in the bread-and-butter, the bizarre rumors pop out… and you see that the management have gone all the way with this one. And we mean… all the way. All-new, architecturally redesigned dressing rooms for players (because the current ones seriously do look like prison dungeon cells where merciless gladiators were trapped with lions, if you’ve ever seen them on TV before the start of the match). The stadium is said to feature all sorts of amnesties that perhaps could make it more luxurious and dream-worthy than a king’s palace. Here’s the one phrase that threw us off, as translated from Chinese reports that have sources in Mabetex: “immensely open and atmospheric stadium, but also intimate and huggingly space-efficient” where we begin to see that the stadium wants to turn out bipolar. That’s not the end of it, as the sources continue: “one that tops in reduced consumption, a greener environmental carbon impact with renewable energy sources, recharging the generators from alternative solutions… leaving minuscule chemical emission and producing efficiency against pollution.”

By this time, we cannot hold our excitement from within and we burst out of shock… pointing our fingers at the reporter on TV like we’re first-grade hooligans. We were surprised at how meticulous the Inter Stadium project was. The management (with former Juventus Director Marco Fassone) had looked at tons of other plans even to the point of looking at baseball and cricket stadiums for reference, and thinking about the project for eight consecutive years on where the location should turn out to be. Out of 43 potentially identified areas in Milan. This, then, is an extremely well thought-out procedure.

The idea was that the seats would be reduced to 67,000 for the new stadium, from San Siro’s 80,000 (in order to serve the fire hazard better… in case of emergency, there wouldn’t be a cramming or bottleneck for everyone to escape the stadium quick enough). However, to make tickets competitive and ensure that they would earn more sales, the new proposal is some 46,000 seats… further similar to Juventus Stadium. This way, there will be a shortage of tickets and the full stands could mean more demand from the fans. Speaking of Juventus Stadium, here’s a gorgeous view from above:

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The president of Swedish club Aik Solna, Johan Strömberg, has decided to let some of the details out. The Friends Arena in Stockholm, which is the multi-functional new ground home venue of Aik Solna, was just recently built in a working-class area and transformed the location to a more chic section of the city. The Aik Solna club wanted to build this stadium in an industrial zone of the city of Stockholm to keep costs down (similar to what Inter are doing with the proposal of San Donato in Milano, a railroad and tracking area, for Inter’s new stadium) where the atmosphere of the location wouldn’t be ‘good enough’ and too dangerous with the marginally higher crime rates. However, upon building the stadium, Aik Solna recommissioned many of the areas around the stadium with the city with hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, amphitheaters… and now, the location has changed from a drastically poor zone to an upper-class area. The Aik Solna president talks today about these technological details of the Inter stadium, also mentioning that it could be built in a lower-class part of the city and by changing the atmosphere of the surrounding area with new places, creating a huge shift in city spectrum for the stadium.

Strömberg says, “the new Inter Stadium? It will be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Certainly the most beautiful stadium in Europe. It has been on Moratti’s plans for a long time. Most people think and say that the San Siro is legendary. If such is true, then the new Inter Stadium will be ‘godly.’ Inter plan to take the best hotels and art facilities around Europe in the plans of the stadium. Meeting with Inter? In January, we were invited to Milan to discuss how we established the Friends Arena so as to consult and help them in their project. We also watched a game (Inter vs. Pescara). They are still at the proposal stages of the project. We have invited them to see our stadium. Inspiration? The company has asked information from stadiums around Europe. One in particular, Allianz Arena in Germany and a couple in Holland. One of the quintessential characteristics of the Friends Arena that interests Inter heavily is our natural glass roof that allows us to play in all weather conditions. If it snows in the winter, we close it. If the outside temperature is too cold, we can use a heating system on-the-pitch to keep the players rejuvenated. If it is 16 degrees and warm, it’ll remain open. We also have an ideal synthetic turf.”

Wow. Just… wow.

Source: CCTV 14, Tuttosport, Rai Sport, e Gazzetta

Special Thanks to: FedeNerazzurra member hasse77 for enlightening me about the situation in Stockholm that entirely relates to this project, all mentioned by him long before Strömberg ever talked about the plans. His comment is on this page… worth a look!

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  • Sina

    Okay, that took an immensely long time to write… hope you enjoy the humorous read folks! Also, translations aren’t word-for-word. I put some explanations in between where the quotes end so there can be familiarity with the subject matter.

    • hasse77

      I think that you have credited me too much, but I did really enjoy having that conversation we had earlier regarding San Donato. As well as reading this article.

      And all the best wishes for your future here on the site, Michael has done a great job and he now got a great partner in crime! ;)

      • Sina

        Thanks for your comment! I think I blamed myself too much for not being able to answer your comment on-time, so I wanted to “make a dedication.” And this news just came in at the right time and it perfectly correlates with what our conversation was intending. And the warm wishes are generous and touching. I’ll make the best of the articles I can get.

    • ahmad

      really really cool stuff bro

  • Stojan Mihajlovski

    I really hope they start and finish it soon, and that the rest of the clubs in Italy will follow suite. Seria A desperately needs new stadiums to mark the beginning of a new era for Italian football.

  • http://FedeNerazzurra.com/ Michael

    I’m gonna sticky this post.

    • Sina

      Thanks! Disregard the email I just sent out.

      • http://FedeNerazzurra.com/ Michael

        I replied anyway lol.

        • Sina

          Right back at’chya!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1069723346 Mahdi Viva Palestina Torabinej

    I cannot freakin wait.
    Also, we have had the highest home support rates many times, I definitely think we can fit 67K, as I can’t help but think 40K is too little, Chelsea went that route and want to upgrade already.
    This does sound awesome.
    I just hope to see it before I see my grandkids…
    ps.
    LOVE Sina’s style of writing and approach to topics. Editorial style that wasn’t here before, it takes time to write like that, and we all know Michael didn’t have too much of that!
    Keep it up boys!

    • Sina

      Thank you most graciously, Mahdi! I wish I had more time for these sort of articles… looks like I’ll be sticking to “news-news” mainly and blabbering like a maniac a bit less! There’s too much out there and the job is to cover all the important stuff.

      Hah… it is truly epic, and I too wish that they would consider the larger seating range, especially for the most-home-matches-attended club in Italy… but I suppose we’ll have to see for ourselves soon enough what the big number would turn out to be.

      Moratti’s last plans showed that he wanted to reach grounding by 2017, which basically means——I’d say you stick with the grandkids… (j/k)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1069723346 Mahdi Viva Palestina Torabinej

        No thank you Sina for taking your time like this!
        Whatever you’re doing, God bless.
        And yeah man…Its hard to talk about all these big plans while we’re going through this moment…oh well, Juve had 2 years each in 7th place then came back the way they did…so who knows.

        • Sina

          My pleasure! Sorry to get back to you so late. I have been endlessly working on perfecting a Nerazzurri Tips story in-between news stories and it’s finally done (after 4 days). I got started on it as soon as I finished this future stadium post. I really hope you enjoy it… it’s kind of obscure and lengthy, but hopefully you’ll make the most out of its bits and pieces.
          Thank you! Just finished post-university years and will soon re-enter the workforce (fingers crossed). I hope you’re in excellent health and send you my warmest regards on what you’re doing.
          Great words… we’ll wait and see. The income stream will increase for sure once the plan is completed, but whether it’ll change everything with us as it did with Juve… who knows. Hopefully so!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1069723346 Mahdi Viva Palestina Torabinej

            Na baba, maloome ke eshqe Inter o kari haha.
            Great work all around. And great for you, gives me hope,
            I’m smack in the middle of my college years, and have barely any idea where I’m going or what I’m doing, so seeing you snag writing on here after college gives me hope that I may find something of the like later as well.
            Be zano bache salaam beresoon haha. Thanks again bud.
            Hopefully my income stream increases as Inter’s does haha

          • Sina

            Haha… lotf dari Mahdi joon! Baa mohabat.

            Awesome! I was in the same position as you not too long ago, feeling the same sort of emotions… a bit of uncertainty and not much concentration on one subject matter. It’s one of the best times of your life, so I hope you’re truly enjoying it to the most of its potential. Don’t worry about trying to get something together for the future just yet. Doing different things can actually help you see what you may want to pursue and what your deeper interests are.

            I myself, as the son of a mohandes (haha), am a math-and-science techie, but people say that I should focus on the arts (apparently, I’m good at these weird things like painting, creative design, and music composition). And of course, on a daily basis, I’m working on enhancing my writing since I was never an English Lit major… heh! However, there’s plenty of these sort of writing, editing, blogging positions everywhere. Many of them for even fairly decent salaries (especially the technology websites like Gizmodo and Engadget, or the mainstream hubs like Yahoo!, CNN, BBC, AOL, MSN). Now… granted, I don’t get paid in anything by reader comments, it’s fun to do this, but it’s also very time-consuming, especially if you take the time to weave little details in between sentences that you write. Yet, whatever’s the case, always keep hope alive! I know my position here is uncertain… it may continue or I could need some time-out to get to life’s packed troubles (daardesaar), but you get the point!

            Salamaat bashi, Mahdi… khahesh mikonam! I hope you have a steadily growing income stream so that you can live comfortably without financial worries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ahmed.h.sultan.37 Ahmed Haider Sultan

    cmoon let start building the stadium up….i wanna go there NOW

  • Shazz

    Great Job guys! Very Happy reading this article.

    • Sina

      Thrilled you enjoyed it!

  • Luis Figo

    Fantastic work on this article. Thank you. How long do you think it’ll take until we get to see some sketches of the arena? 1 year?

    • Sina

      Thanks! By the way things are turning out, the renders are to be here when the new jerseys go up for sale. Maybe August timeframe.

  • http://FedeNerazzurra.com/ Michael

    I think Sina has become everyone’s favorite.

    Michael is sad.

    • Sina

      Ask yourself… can Sina put out 38+ articles in a day?

    • http://twitter.com/mongkih mongkih

      both of you are our (interisti located faraway from milan) voices of inter. thanks for keep every news regarding our beloved inter coming everyday.

      • Sina

        Warm words, mongkih, as always… many thanks! Interisti located far away from Milan? I have a ticket to the Bologna match today! Maybe I’ll stay online and give live updates that are faster than the live streams everyone watches.

        • http://twitter.com/mongkih mongkih

          it would be appreciated very much. especially the tremendous atmosphere there before the match, there should be a lil bit of ceremony regarding our club’s birthday and captain’s 600th appearance right? usually we don’t get those here at live match on the television :)

          • Sina

            When I go to the matches, there are some half-time and pre-match displays of art and cultural dancing (something like the Olympics), but that’s a pretty rare occasion. Also, he will be commemorated for the 600th Serie A appearance, but nothing more. They will just clap for him and cheer. The club birthday bit… I think that’ll be special. Perhaps we will see some sort of wow-factor for that. Sure, I will update everyone via my phone.

          • http://twitter.com/mongkih mongkih

            thanks man :D

          • Sina

            Hey… game’s over and I’m still in the stadium responding to comments on the other thread, but I wanted to apologize for not being able to bring everything. There was a brief commemoration in the beginning of the game to celebrate the 105th birthday, but other than a round of claps and players walking around the pitch and saluting us, there was nothing else. At half-time, there was a display of the badge… of course, like 100 times larger in size, on the pitch.

          • http://twitter.com/mongkih mongkih

            no problem man. thanks any way

          • Sina

            Don’t mention it! I owe you one.

  • neroblue

    Regardless how this season turns out, we at least have something to smile about. Hopefully, we get the third spot to make this season a success. Good job, Sina.

    • Sina

      Cheers! ^___^

    • Mezo

      I really think we have the ability to make it to third (MAYBE even second) Napoli is slipping, they just lost to Chievo, 2-0. We just have to have some consistency and we could easily make the CL, but at the same time if we slip up a few more times we’ll just as easily be reduced to Europa (or might not even make that, considering how much competition there is)

      On a side note, bravo Sina, you’re doing a great job with all the articles.
      Mantenere il buon lavoro!

      • Sina

        Grazie, Mezo! I sarà! Yes, Napoli have been way out of form lately and we can definitely make it to third, even with the way we are going about right now. Second? Possible if Milan draw or lose at least 2 games. Otherwise, we will settle for the filler spot!

  • Göran

    46 000 seats? Seriously? If that’s the case I have to kill somebody because this is beyond pathetic.

    • Sina

      Pandev? Aren’t you supposed to be in Napoli right now?

      • Göran

        No, I am in Verona :)

        • Sina

          Ah… scusa! Preferisci Chievo o Hellas?

  • hugo

    great article
    appreciate it very much

    • Sina

      Grazie, hugo!

  • http://twitter.com/mongkih mongkih

    what a wonderful news, Sina described the atmosphere so details that i felt thrilling while reading about it.

  • CYRANO

    It should be at least 60.000 seats

  • http://www.facebook.com/m.ikhsan.lubis M. Ikhsan Habib Lubis

    as i recall that we just have approximately 32000 attendance for one match. so i think that 46000 seats should be enough.

  • FCINTER

    i just hope to see in our new stadium the same giant columns that are in Meazza. That would be sooooooo iconic. Everything else is great and can’t wait to see our new home.

    • Sina

      Here’s an update I just received from one of my inside sources on the design that Fassone is laying out the confirmations for: so while the similarities between the Meazza and this are endless, it’d be a completely new architectural format. The columns will sadly be gone.

  • Manuel

    great job sina! grazie mille

    • Sina

      Prego… di niente!

  • http://twitter.com/SonoTuttoBene Tres Bien

    Amazing stuff here! We’re growing :D

    • http://FedeNerazzurra.com/ Michael

      Uh oh TB is in the house!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ossi.ahonen.31 Ossi Ahonen

    Nice fucking gay futuristic bullshit venue to lose to fucking bologna again! =
    WE need a coach. Somebody like Mihajlovic. He knows how to do some decent ass kicking!

  • interista

    get Juup Heinckes