Mayor Sala ‘would sign tomorrow’ for new Milan and Inter stadium but voices reservations

By Oliver Fisher -

Milan mayor Beppe Sala has stated that he would gladly sign for AC Milan and Inter to build a new stadium, but there are other issues to resolve

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.

Of course, like most things the progress seemed to have been slowed by the Coronavirus pandemic which has gripped Italy and the rest of the world both socially and economically, but now the topic has started to resurface again.

Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous are the two competing firms trying to land the project, with both Milanese clubs absolutely intent on constructing a new state of the art stadium.

Sala has once again decided to speak on the stadium issue and reiterated his position, which is now quite clear, but also tempered expectations by claiming that it is not a straightforward process ahead.

“The stadium is worth 45% of the investment, not more. The rest concerns what will be built around the stadium: hotels, residences, services… Before the authorisation it is necessary to understand if it can be inserted in a context in which a small part is valued and does not have the usual disaster around,” he said (via MilanLive).

The mayor of Milan has no doubts about the stadium itself, but he has reservations on what will be built around it and how local residents may be impacted.

“I would sign tomorrow morning for the teams’ stadium. When it comes to the rest, however, I place some caution. Since we are talking about a delicate neighbourhood, if you make the first move and you get it wrong it’s a mess.”

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