Sole 24 Ore: Bureaucracy holding back stadium investments of €2.5bn for Italian clubs

By Isak Möller -

The stadium situation is one of the biggest problems for Italian football, as teams are struggling to get their projects approved. AC Milan are no strangers to this and they are not the only ones struggling with the bureaucracy. 

AC Milan and Inter have both abandoned the project of building a new stadium in the San Siro area as the Giuseppe Meazza’s second ring will be protected by a law next year. This decision came after years of brokering between the parties.

Milan have turned their attention to San Donato, receiving the support of the council there, while Inter are focused on Rozzano. As reported by today’s edition of Il Sole 24 Ore (via MilanNews), the bureaucracy in Italy and the rigid laws are holding back investments worth €2.5bn.

Milan and Inter are not the only ones struggling with the system, but the likes of Venezia, Fiorentina, Roma, Bologna and Cagliari have also been stopped in their tracks. This is a problem that must be sorted out as Italian football needs new stadiums to grow and compete with the other leagues.

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  1. Seems like the same bull each deacade when it comes to a new stadium.
    I wonder what hopes did juve jump to get it done, at least they did something right with that

  2. Exactly. If this were to be in Spain, England, Germany and France, these projects would’ve been approved long before now. Surprisingly, these corrupt politicians and the others involved want the Serie A to compete with the Premier League. How is that possible with outdated stadiums.

  3. Secondly, if the politicians cannot allow these clubs to build new stadiums, how would they convince foreign investors about investing in Italy. Pathetic.

  4. Only Madrid, Atletico, Valencia, Barcelona and Bilbao own their stadiums in Spain, compared to Juventus, Atalanta, Udinese, and Sassuolo, the same thing going on it Italy happens in the rest of Europe too, hardly an isolated incident.

    1. In Spain, Sevilla and Betis also own their stadium. If you see, in Spain all big clubs has their own stadium. Whereas in Italy, only Juventus among the big guns, have their own stadium. That’s the difference!

    2. FC Barcelona (Camp Nou)

      Real Madrid (Santiago Bernabéu Stadium)

      Atlético Madrid (Wanda Metropolitano)

      Athletic Bilbao (San Mamés Stadium)

      Valencia CF (Mestalla Stadium)

      RC Celta de Vigo (Abanca-Balaídos)

      Real Sociedad (Anoeta Stadium)

      Villarreal CF (Estadio de la Cerámica)

      Sevilla FC (Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium)

      RCD Espanyol (RCDE Stadium)

      RCD Mallorca (Visit Mallorca Stadium)

      Even many small teams own stadium at La Liga. So it’s at least easier there than Italy.

  5. There are other reasons too, Spain has a weak economy, whereas Germany and England have the strongest economy in Europe, with Germany being the strongest followed by the UK, France and Italy, Spain is some way off when it comes to economy due to general unemployment and lack of investment in the economy. The difference between the Italian GDP and the Spanish GDP is the size of the entire GDP of Poland. Italy’s economy has been consistent, not much growth or loss, Spain on the other hand have been in freefall and some have even wanted to kick them out of the EU like Greece, 95% of Spain’s GDP is debt, with it likely to rise to 111%. Spain is a country in freefall, and don’t know how to work with finances as we’ve seen with their clubs. Italy also has the lowest public debt in the EU. Which shows the difference between the two countries.

  6. If Italy hosts Euro or WC in the next couple of years they’ll be forced to upgrade stadiums so pray Italy gets hosting rights for something soon.

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