Yesterday, the Milan Council presented their plan to renovate San Siro in what would be a bid to get AC Milan and/or Inter to remain at the iconic stadium.
We outlined the details of the pitch in a feature last night, but La Gazzetta dello Sport (as seen below) have recalled the key facts in their paper this morning.
The renovation project of the San Siro designed by the architect Giulio Fenyves of the Arco Associati studio was presented at the Palazzo Marino (city hall) yesterday.
It involves the construction of a fourth tier, the possibility of clubs continuing to play at San Siro during the works, a capacity of 70,000 spectators plus another 5,000 internal seats and a total cost estimated at €300m.
Considering the details of the project, it is Mayor Sala’s words that spark the debate as he revealed the possibility of granting clubs surface rights for ‘a very long period’.
Milan, as imagined, are not particularly tempted by the proposal. The project for the new stadium in San Donato is well underway – the Council there have approved it, the program agreement will start soon – and the first €40m investment has already happened.
Not only that, the Mayor of San Donato has just announced six meetings in February to inform citizens and institutions. In short, Milan remains focused on that option and does not express an opinion on the new project hypothesis, which it has not seen closely.
The clear impression is that the margin for maneuver is minimal, almost zero. Of course, Milan will not shy away from the answers that the Council requests, even if they believe they must give them together with Inter.
Inter meanwhile have not expressed an opinion on the merits of the renovation project simply because it has never been involved, as if to say that if there had really been a desire to get to the bottom of things, perhaps the Council would have called the two clubs earlier.
Furthermore, it is almost impossible for Steven Zhang’s club to take into consideration the San Siro hypothesis on its own, without Milan, even with the offer of the surface right mentioned by Sala.