San Donato councillor reveals Milan’s new stadium capacity figures: “It is optimised”

By Ben Dixon -

With AC Milan planning to move to San Donato, information continues to emerge about the details of the new stadium, and today, Massimiliano Mistretta, Councillor for Public Works and Mobility of the municipality of San Donato, spoke about the capacity of the stadium among other topics.

Whilst moving away from San Siro is a major event, it is required. Even though plans have been presented to Milan and Inter, whether they are feasible remains to be seen, and even if the renovations are possible, whether both clubs will stop their own projects is unknown.

Gerry Cardinale has emphasised his desire to recreate an iconic venue, comparing the Rossoneri’s situation to the New York Yankees in the past, and whilst you may not be able to recreate San Siro, you can recreate the feel, whilst bettering it in several ways.

When speaking to Milan News, Mistretta spoke about the San Donato project and the work done by the Diavolo to create the best possible new home.

This season’s figures speak, for Serie A matches alone, of 72,000 on average for Milan’s home matches. Is it possible to imagine the new facility with a capacity of at least 70,000 spectators?

“The stadium project in San Donato is calibrated on a capacity of 70,000 spectators. I believe that this hypothesis derives precisely from studies that Milan has carried out to size the stadium and optimise it as much as possible.

Why is it so complicated to build facilities in Italy? We are also one of the few countries that still have two teams in the same stadium. The teams of London have their own stadium, the teams of Madrid and Barcelona as well, but also Buenos Aires and Belgrade, to name a few.

“I don’t know why it is complicated to build facilities in Italy, but it is certain that football teams today aim to have their own stadium. San Siro in fact represents an anomaly. The ideal solution would be for Inter to positively evaluate the San Siro renovation project so as not to risk leaving one of the most beautiful stadiums we have in Italy’.

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6 Comments

  1. If Serie A teams had their own stadiums without a doubt they would be undisputed #1 once more. Red tape is really holding things back.

    1. I mean, that’s not accurate at all. If Serie A teams had their own stadiums AND a TV deal bigger than England’s… it might have a chance.

      1. I’m just saying Italy is still competitive even being so handicapped, an extra 30-60 m per club you don’t think we’d be back up too? We’re currently 2nd best league btw

  2. It is complicated because Italy is buried in bureaucracy and is run by dinosaurs. The fact that Milan has already come this far is in itself a small miracle.

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