Mayor of Milan: “San Siro is ours, I’ll keep it open until 2026”

By Oliver Fisher -

The mayor of Milan, Beppe Sala, has issued a warning to both clubs about the idea of leaving San Siro before the 2026 Winter Olympics.

AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni came out and stated that the Rossoneri, along with Inter, would push along with plans for a new stadium to be constructed.

Meanwhile, it was announced on Monday that Milan will be a host for the Winter Olympic games in seven years time, and now the mayor of the city has revealed his desire for the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to be the centrepiece for the opening ceremony.

“The council owns San Siro,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“If Milan and Inter decide to build a stadium, I can only say two things. It’ll take time. And then, ultimately, we’re owners of the stadium.

“In the Milan-Cortina dossier, we guaranteed that in 2026, San Siro will still be open as usual. End of story.

“After 2026, we’ll decide the future of San Siro in the event there’s a new stadium. But right now, we’re absolutely adamant that this will be the venue for the opening ceremony.

“It’s obvious that the [new] stadium itself, if there’s nothing else, can’t be sustained financially.

“You can build it if you do something else around it: residences, commercial buildings.

“If the two teams were to present a global project, it’s impossible that it could be done in a few years.

“I’d like to do things tomorrow, but it’s not going to happen. I have to dampen the enthusiasm.

“Plus, in our dossier we wrote that the opening ceremony would be held at San Siro, and San Siro is ours; therefore, I’ll keep it open until 2026.

“I’ll listen to the two teams, but the stadium belongs to the council, and the council maintains its commitment to keeping San Siro open until 2026.”

You can read more about the difficult situation surrounding San Siro here.

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