Lombardy councillor confirms Milan and Inter are on the right track regarding new stadium project

By Oliver Fisher -

The topic of a new stadium for AC Milan and Inter is an issue which is seemingly never far away from the agenda of both clubs and subsequently the media.

After initial scepticism, the general consensus among the main sources is that there is progress being made between Milan, Inter and the City Council over a new stadium after the Council were apprehensive at first about the potential demolition of San Siro.

It is encouraging for the management of each team, as things moved so slowly at first that it would have been a much better idea to fill their time with other things like betting on virtual sports.

Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous are the two competing firms trying to land the project.

MilanNews have conducted an interview with Pietro Bussolati who is a Councillor for the Lombardy region and member of the national secretariat of the Democratic Party.

Bussolati, it seems that we have reached the final stages for the new San Siro. We are facing a potential evolution of the neighbourhood.

“We have to satisfy different interests. First of all that of the area, which has been in need of redevelopment for some time, but also those of the clubs that, rightly, want to put themselves on a par with their European competitors,” he said.

“It is also in the interest of the Council of Milan to get out of this situation in a winning and better way than the current one. Mayor Sala expressed this well in his latest releases on the subject. We need to find a project that reflects these three needs, also considering what happened with the COVID, perhaps it makes sense to think about a project that has a proper integration with the surrounding neighbourhood rather than focusing on volumes. If the project is adequate, I think we will travel quickly towards its realisation.”

After months of talking about conflicts between administrations and clubs, it seems that there is now a more fluid dialogue. Is that a correct feeling?

“I think so. At times one had the impression that there was a rush to close an agreement for issues, it said, related to possible changes in ownership, especially in the Milan home. First comes the interest of Milano and the Milanese people.”

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the reopening of stadiums. How do you see this hypothesis of enlarging the capacity and allowing the clubs to return to having stadium revenues?

“I believe that, in general terms, it is right to think in percentage terms with respect to the stadiums and not in absolute terms. The percentage can and must be discussed and must be accommodated.

“Sport must be treated as a real entrepreneurial and industrial sector, therefore it must be respected in its nature because there are so many workers who live with sport. I

“think it is right to proceed towards a percentage dimension, knowing that in large plants there may be criticalities that must not affect the COVID prevention guidelines. We need seriousness, pragmatism and prudence.”

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