The Mayor of Milano Beppe Sala is hoping that the current San Siro stadium will still be standing in 2026 when the Winter Olympics come to the city.
Milan and Inter have made their intentions clear to move into the modern era by building a new state-of-the-art stadium, with Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous the two competing firms trying to land the project.
However, the road to that point is not a straightforward one, as ANSA recently reported that the two clubs asked for clarifications on certain areas, such as what can or cannot be done with the existing structure.
Il Corriere di Milano (via MilanNews.it) then suggested last month that the idea of moving to San Donato – around 10km south east of the city centre – is a possibility if the difficulties continue.
The current San Siro is certainly in the plans of the Winter Olympic Games which will be held in Milan-Cortina in seven years time.
Speaking on the sidelines of an IOC event related to the 2026 games, Beppe Sala and the president of CONI (the Italian National Olympic Committee) – Giovanni Malago – to discuss the stadium situation.
“The official venue for the opening ceremony of the Milan-Cortina Winter Games is San Siro and I hope that San Siro will still be there in 2026,” he said (via Calciomercato.com).
“The question is still open, I will not defend San Siro until the bitter end but I will do in Milan’s interests: when I say that San Siro is worth a hundred million of assets, it is not money from Beppe Sala, but from the Milanese people.
“Evidently, before saying lightly ‘I will demolish it’, I must defend a heritage that belongs to all of us. I am willing to collaborate with the teams, but it is clear that as far as we started we were definitely penalised, we need to find a formula for which the Council is not so penalised.”
Malago added: “We must stay out of this affair, San Siro is included in the dossier but I don’t know if there will be this San Siro, another San Siro, a small San Siro and another at the side.
“Everything is fine for us, just the game regards Inter and Milan and the Municipality. We are completely secular about it.”
Knockout Champions League football will return to the current San Siro as Atalanta made it into the last 16 on Wednesday night, something which bookmakers (we love sport betting on NetBet) didn’t see coming.