What a New Stadium Would Mean for Inter Milan

Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIIDecember 4, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 01:  The FC Internazionale suporters during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and UC Sampdoria at San Siro Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
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Inter Milan have just begun a new era, with Massimo Moratti selling the majority of his stake in the club to Erick Thohir.

The Indonesian businessman has big plans for the Nerazzurri, with Walter Mazzarri promised significant funds, as well as the former Napoli manager already earmarking Ezequiel Lavezzi as a January signing (per Gazzetta dello Sport).

Along with transforming the playing staff, in order for Thohir to take Inter back to being European contenders, a move into their own stadium could be necessary.

Juventus have shown the way since moving into the Juventus Stadium, and due to owning their ground, the Bianconeri take home all of their match day income, which cannot be said for Inter.

Not only do Inter not own their own stadium, but they share it with their bitter rivals Milan, which has benefits and negatives.

Financially, Inter are somewhat better off due to not needing to completely facilitate the upkeep of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, as well as the huge hit that Thohir would take by bank rolling the construction of a new stadium.

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 01:  New President of FC Internazionale Nilano Erick Thohir during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and UC Sampdoria at San Siro Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Image
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The benefits would, of course, be the start of a new coliseum that they can call their own, and move towards building their own home that can be intimidating to the opposition to come.

With each Serie A side playing twice at the San Siro each season and the way that the capacity has been expanded over the years, it combines to make the stadium less daunting than some others.

Discussions have already begun with the club's new owner and the mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, with the Rho area pinpointed as a location in the city that could be the Nerazzurri's new home.

Rho is a little further out of the city than San Siro and can take up to thirty minutes from the centre, but most Interistas will put up with a slightly longer commute if they can have their own ground.

Pisapia revealed to Football Italia: "It was a more than cordial meeting, even a friendly one, in which there was an exchange of opinions on sport in Milan and the future development of the city."

Discussions have taken place as to how big the capacity of Inter's new ground should be, with Juve's move proving that bigger is not necessarily better.

With the San Siro hosting as many as 80,000 spectators, Inter may opt to go down a similar route to the Bianconeri by opting for a maximum of 60,000 seats due to the likelihood of selling out the ground each game.

With large sections of the San Siro empty each match for both of the tenants, it would be beneficial for Inter to play in front of a sell-out crowd each match, with the fans able to create a lot more noise than is currently possible.

Not only is the atmosphere diminished due to a lack of fans on occasion, but the fact that extra tiers were added over time has meant that the noise is not kept inside the ground naturally.

Overall, it would be a great thing for Inter to have their own stadium and it can have a boost off the pitch with increased finances, as well as providing the team with an enhanced 12th man to help them achieve success on the pitch too.