Milan Council’s stance on San Siro: Yes to conversion, no to demolition

By Oliver Fisher -

The Municipality of Milano are against the idea of completely demolishing the current San Siro, according to a report.

Both Milan and their neighbours Inter are seemingly set on the idea of constructing a new stadium next to the current one, though the road to that conclusion has been described as ‘uphill’.

Only two council members were in favour of the project as revealed by a recent vote, but an official event was held last month during which Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous showed their respective ‘Wedding ring’ and ‘Cathedral’ designs.

In the Milan edition of Wednesday’s il Corriere della Sera – as cited by Calciomercato.com – Giancarlo Tancredi commented on the situation.

Tancredi is an architect who is in charge of the procedure for what will happen to San Siro as part of the Municipality .

“It emerges that the theme of the maintenance and/or reconversion of the current stadium is certainly to be explored and developed.

“Also, some fundamental elements of the same proposal – which envisages the establishment of multiple urban functions and public interest – can also be assessed in the existing stadium, appropriately adapted and enhanced,” he writes.

“The maintenance of the plant, in this perspective could also allow a saving of the high costs for the demolition (€43m, and contribute to the containment of land consumption for the establishment of urban functions. 

“The maintenance of the San Siro would avoid the possible critical consequences and complex management of the massive demolition and disposal of materials. 

“In this respect, the handling of hundreds of heavy vehicles and the environmental impact that will derive locally will be particularly critical.”

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