NEWCASTLE planned to build a new 70,000-capacity stadium before abandoning the idea.
The venue was dubbed the "San Siro of the north" by former chairman Sir John Hall but construction never began.
Instead, the club chose to upgrade St. James' Park following opposition from pressure groups and local residents.
Newcastle unveiled plans to build their new ground in 1997, with the proposed stadium set to be one of the biggest in Europe.
With a capacity of 70,000, it would have been bigger than Anfield, the Emirates Stadium and the London Stadium.
The new stadium was to be built at Castle Leazes Moor with an estimated cost of £90million.
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Meanwhile, St. James' Park would be converted into a leisure complex with an indoor arena and running track.
Fresh off a second place finish in the Premier League, Newcastle hoped to establish themselves amongst the elite with their new home.
The design for the proposed stadium included a three-tiered bowl shape, similar to that of the San Siro in Milan.
However, various groups opposed the plans and teamed up with local residents to shut down the plans.
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