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Milan, presented the new 2026 Olympic Arena in Santa Giulia: 16 thousand seats for a multifunctional structure

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Milan, presented the new 2026 Olympic Arena in Santa Giulia: 16 thousand seats for a multifunctional structure

MILAN. It will be an Arena with a classic but innovative shape, with three luminous rings around the entire surface, which will welcome up to 16 thousand people, and which will have a square in front with over 10 thousand square meters of space for outdoor events. A flagship on the national market but which also wants to become an international reference model. These are just some of the numbers and characteristics of the new 2026 Olympic Arena, the project of which was presented this morning, and which will be one of the legacies of the Games for the Lombard capital.

The new “jewel” of Milan, as mayor Giuseppe Sala defined it, will be built in the Santa Giulia district, and bears the signature of the architect David Chipperfield, who had designed the Mudec (Museum of Cultures) in via Tortona in the city. Cts Eventim has entrusted the design that sees the collaboration of the international engineering company Arup to the Chipperfield studio and aims to make the Arena “absolutely unique and immediately recognizable even from far away, thanks to its distinctive silhouette” explains Klaus -Peter Schulenberg, CEO of Cts Eventim. Inside it will host two levels of seating above the parterre and a premium level with lounge rooms and Sky Box. The base of the Arena and the multi-storey car park that will extend from it to the northern perimeter of the site will be able to accommodate over 2,750 vehicles. The rings are connected to each other and to the floor by light and transparent bands of glass and project towards the square with irregular lines that give the building the idea of ​​floating around the structure, designed to be multifunctional: you can see different sports , hockey and basketball for example, but also seated concerts or theatrical performances, as well as live standing music shows.

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The sustainability concept of the structure provides for measures to minimize carbon dioxide emissions but above all to make the Arena practically self-sufficient from an energy point of view, a not negligible aspect in this period: the solar panels positioned on the roof will in fact cover most part of the energy requirement. It will therefore be a new attraction for tourists and a meeting point for the people who live in the neighborhood. Of the 14 facilities for the Milan-Cortina Olympics, the Santa Giulia Arena “is the only new one that will be built, totally private – specifies the Undersecretary of the Lombardy Region with responsibility for Sport, the 2026 Olympics and major events, Antonio Rossi – And it is very important for the Games, because there will be men’s hockey games. We hope that it will proceed within the agreed times. Definitely, it is a facility that serves in Milan and I have no doubt that it will work. It is certainly not a cathedral built in the desert ». On the subject of possible delays, Mayor Sala intervenes: “Today we are only hearing good news, it has been said that we are on time, we will run as usual but we are on time”. The designers assured that the works will start by the end of the year but the reclamation works “are already underway – adds Sala – What we have to do is to take care of mobility”. Regarding the appeals to the TAR, the mayor explains that “we are waiting for June to understand what will happen, we are confident in the law and in our good work, we must wait for June. No suspension was requested and we proceed as if nothing had happened, we are positive ».

The architect David Chipperfield glosses over the past controversies regarding Mudec, stressing that he has never “been at war with the city”, and the proof would be, the archistar reiterates, the fact that his studio in the capital “has existed for sixteen years “. On his latest work in Santa Giulia, he adds: «We believe that in addition to becoming an important space for Milan, the work and the new square will contribute to the physical quality of this important development. We are sure that it will become a new destination in the beautiful setting of Milan ».

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