Mayor Sala on Milan and Inter’s new stadium project: “I am becoming more optimistic”

By Oliver Fisher -

Mayor Beppe Sala is ‘optimistic’ that an agreement can be reached between Milan and Inter and the City Council regarding the new stadium proposal.

The two clubs revealed their official plans to construct new state-of-the-art stadium late last year, with Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous having pitched their respective designs.

Widespread reports have suggested that progress has been slow since for the Rossoneri and Nerazzurri, as the Council are playing hard ball over the existing Meazza structure, which they wish to protect.

Last month, Milan and Inter pitched their idea to maintain part of the current facility and transform the pitch into a space for football and basketball fields – plus athletics and climbing – a plan which seemed to be more in line with the Municipality’s ideas.

Sala has now spoken to ANSA about the issue of San Siro and a new stadium, as well as what may happen to the current structure, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.it.

“I am becoming more optimistic, because I believe the two clubs are approaching our requests, which were very simple: save San Siro not so much as a vestige of the past, but to make it a living reality and not bring it down,” he said.

“I like that the Meazza can become a citadel of sport, different from what it is today. Another issue was that we should not be penalised economically as it was in the first proposal of the teams. It seems to me that the companies are meeting us, so I was more pessimistic a few weeks ago, but I’m veering on optimism.”

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