Mayor Sala confirms public interest vote on new San Siro; the remaining restrictions

By Oliver Fisher -

City mayor Beppe Sala has confirmed that a conditional ‘yes’ has been given to Milan and Inter for the construction of their new stadium.

American giants Populous and Italian firm Manica are both competing to land the job of constructing the clubs’ new home next to the current San Siro.

The City Council recently voted that the project is ‘in the public interest’, but Sala recently issued the warning that the current proposals are ‘impossible’ to approve unless amendments are made.

It was even claimed earlier in the week by il Corriere della Sera’s Milano edition that Milan and Inter are now conducting surveys in the Sesto San Giovanni area as a ‘plan B’.

Now, Sala has offered yet another update on the situation to reporters, with his quotes transcribed by Gianluca Di Marzio.

“We have deliberated the public interest of the proposal by AC Milan and Inter FC regarding the San Siro stadium, but any other works [e.g. commercial spaces, offices, hotels etc.] will only be authorised to the extent within the current government plan for the territory by the municipality of Milan,” he said.

“We have always moved with transparency and consistency on the stadium issue. We have always said that we would first get the opinion of the city council, those who represent the citizens of Milan, and only after that we would decide as mayor and council how to move forward.

“The construction of a new sports facility has, however, opened the question on the future of San Siro. We reiterate our desire to re-generate it and therefore we are ready to evaluate solutions that do not provide for the demolition of the current plant, but rather its regeneration through other functions.”

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