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Italian football club AC Milan and architectural firm Arup have unveiled initial plans for a new 48,000-seat stadium based on the design of Arsenal’s Emirates home.

The project will cost up to £240m and will be developed by Arup’s architecture, urban planning and engineering team in Milan.

Companies have presented expressions of interest for the redevelopment of a central area in Milan to host the new AC Milan stadium.

The venue will stage home matches for the club, as well as offering a sports college, a hotel restaurants, a children’s playground, green areas and open public spaces.

Expected to provide a new experience to the spectators, the AC Milan stadium will have a family focus, with innovative technologies and facilities, and will include a moveable roof to mitigate noise in the surroundings as part of the sustainability improvements.

"Arup’s parametric tool…guarantees a good view from every location in the stadium."

The project’s design is claimed to be carefully balanced around the spectator’s experience, Arup said.

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Some of the design components include sight-lines analysed and designed for each seat and developed by Arup’s parametric tool that guarantees a good view from every location in the stadium.

High-tech solutions will improve the spectators’ experience before, during and after matches.

The venue will also have special VIP facilities with lounges and spaces providing a direct view of the mixed-zone and the route from the athletes’ changing rooms to the pitch.

AC Milan expects to open the new stadium ground between 2018 and 2019.

Image: AC Milan’s proposed new 48,000 capacity stadium. Photo: courtesy of Arup.