The Councillor for Sport of Milano – Roberta Guainer – has made a suggestion about how San Siro could potentially be repurposed.
Milan and Inter have made their intentions clear to move into the modern era by building a new state-of-the-art stadium, with Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous the two competing firms trying to land the project.
Recently, ANSA reported that the two clubs asked for clarifications on the construction of a new stadium, with a hint of frustration from the side of the two clubs as certain restrictions have not yet been made clear.
Il Corriere di Milano (via MilanNews.it) even suggested last month that the hypothesis of moving to a new site is still well and truly alive, with a move to San Donato – around 10km south east of the city centre – a possibility.
A lot seems to hinge on what happens to the current stadium and whether any constraints are placed upon developing the area around it, but Roberta Guainer has offered up a potential compromise during an interview with ANSA.
“It is reasonable to reduce San Siro to one ring only with a capacity of about 20 thousand spectators,” he said (via calciomercato.com).
“Our positions are very clear. Positive positions for everyone, for the city and for the teams. I think that in the end common sense will prevail.
“San Siro as a venue for women’s football? It seems to me excessive to have two stadiums, one of 70 thousand and one of 60 thousand seats, one next to the other.
“Surely, however, women’s football is one of the most popular sports for sponsors and the public. So having a system intended not only for women’s football but for all sports, I think it’s a good thing.
“From the point of view of economic sustainability I have not yet made assessments but we will enter into the merits in the coming weeks.”