Milan and Inter reiterate: “The only option is a new San Siro in San Siro”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan and Inter have reiterated that the only possible solution moving forward is a new stadium next to the current San Siro.

Last month the two clubs hosted an event in which Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous showed their designs for a proposed ‘new San Siro’ stadium.

However, the road has been described as ‘uphill’, and it was recently revelead that only two council members voted in favour of the project.

A decision from the Municipality on the public interest of the proposal is expected to arrive later this month, but it appears they need some convincing.

A report from Calcio e Finanza takes a look at the current situation, speaking to Mark Van Huuksloot (project manager for Inter) and Domenico Barile (Elliott Management consultant).

The opening slide of their presentation to the Municipality apparently read: “The only option for the clubs is a new stadium at San Siro.”

Reports have suggested that the clubs could move the plans to a different area of Milan outside the council’s boundaries if they do not get their way, which drew accusations of creating a ‘climate of blackmail’.

The clubs ‘want to invest 1.2 billion euros to build a higher quality stadium and regenerate an area that is not valued today’, Van Huuksloot explained.

Once of the concerns of councillors is ticket prices: many of them apparently believe that fans face substantial increase in the new structure.

“The increase in premium spaces in no way sacrifices the primary goal of a stadium for everyone from families, to organised supporters, and that offers everyone a high quality of experience,” the representatives explained.

“The clubs do not intend to bring tickets, today accessible to everyone, to unsustainable levels. Big concerts and big events will continue to be hosted in the new San Siro.

“The Clubs are aware that the maximum harmonization and integration of the projects is necessary that will compose a new part of the city. 

“For this we are ready to start a constructive dialogue with the properties of the neighbouring areas, once the public interest has been obtained for the stadium project.”

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