The organizational experience shown in large-scale sports events, the charm of tourism and cultural projects, and the many outstanding mountain resorts of Valtellina Mountains are the key factors for the success of the Milan-Cortina campaign. The two cities have been jointly designated as event organizers. (No precedent in the history of the Olympic Games). This is also the third Italian Olympic Games after the 1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo Olympics and the 2006 Turin Olympics.
The 25th Winter Olympics will be held from February 6 to 22, 2026, and the Winter Paralympics will be held from March 6 to 15. There are three regions participating in the organization of the Winter Olympics: Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. The competition will be held in 4 main central areas: Milan, Valtellina, Cortina d’Ampezzo and Val di Fiemme. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at Milan San Siro Football Stadium and Verona Arena respectively.
In Milan, in addition to the San Siro Stadium, there are five venues involved in the Olympic Games: Mediolanum Forum in Assago, which will be renovated for skating and short track competitions; the hockey game will be in the renovated PalaSharp in Lampugnano, and the newly built in Santa Giulia community. PalaItalia will be held; the media center will be located in the exhibition area of Rho-Fiera, and the award ceremony for the competition in Lombardy will be held in Piazza del Duomo.
Other venues in Lombardy will be arranged in Valtellina: the Stelvio circuit in Bormio for men’s alpine skiing, and the Mottolino, Sitas-Tagliede and Carosello 3000 areas in Livigno for snowboarding and freestyle Ski competition. The Valdidentro Biathlon Centre is the only place in Lombardy where this sport can be played, and will host the first Paralympic Biathlon and the opening event of cross-country skiing.
Cortina will hold a women’s alpine skiing competition at the Olympia delle Tofane circuit, and a snowmobile, sled and steel-framed snowmobile competition at the Eugenio Monti circuit. The Olympic ice rink built for the 1956 Winter Olympics will be renovated and used for curling competitions. The second Olympic medal plaza is located at the De Rigo stadium in Cortina.
Anterselva in the province of Bolzano is the designated venue for biathlon, while Baselga di Piné, Tesero and Predazzo in the province of Trento will host speed skating, cross-country skiing and ski jumping competitions.
Italy will host the Winter Olympics for the second time, 20 years after they last hosted the Winter Olympics in Turin.
Currently, the venues for the 2026 Winter Olympics are planned to be built in Milan, Valtellina, Cortina D'Ampezzo and Valdi Fimme in northern Italy. In addition, the organizing committee plans to build three different athlete villages and Athlete hotel.
Since obtaining the right to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, the Italian Parliament has passed an Olympic law that regulates the organization and management of the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympics. This includes plans to rebuild the famous San Siro Stadium in Milan, which is also the venue where the opening ceremony is planned.
Giovanni Marago, President of the Italian National Olympic Committee, said: "The epidemic and the resulting blockade have not affected our determination to create an unforgettable Olympic Games. During these three months of remote work, we have even more I fully feel that we have the responsibility to organize a grand event that will restart as a country together with the Olympics."
The construction of the new venues that will host the ice hockey games at the Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo Winter Olympics in 2026 will officially start next fall.
The Santa Giulia Arena is the first new construction project. The arena will be used as a sports and entertainment venue after the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics. Reclamation of the surrounding areas and land has already begun, and it is expected that the formal construction work will begin next year.
Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala said that the 180 million euros (approximately US$213 million) venue will provide the city with the legacy of the Olympic Games. Sara said: "Let us now consider the Winter Olympics, complete the project at the right time, and manage the weeks of the Olympics, then this venue will become Milan's Winter Olympics legacy."
There are three Olympic villages: the main one is located in Milan, an abandoned goods yard area in the Porta Romana community. After the Olympics, this Olympic village will become part of the student dormitory; the second temporary Olympic village is in Cortina d’Ampezzo , Located in the Fiames area; the third one will be built in Livigno and will later be transformed into an advanced training center for athletes.
The site of the Olympic Village was originally a railway station, adapted to the rhythm of the local streetscape, creating a porous urban block with various new public passages and connecting with other components of the master plan. Throughout the Olympic Village, the ground floor space will accommodate various cultural and economic pillars to provide services for residents and tourists, highlighting the colorful street experience of Milan's urban landscape.
The new building draws architectural inspiration from the city’s historic buildings while using striking modern materials. At the bottom of the building, a flexible podium allows public projects to evolve with the use of the Olympic Village-just like historical palaces throughout Italy for centuries.
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