Scaroni asks for stadiums to reopen at full capacity with Milan’s revenue losses over €40m

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has issued a plea to those in charge to open stadiums at 100% capacity for the start of the Serie A season.

There is a lot of talk about the reopening of the stadiums for the start of the Serie A season at the moment, and although no official call has been made as the situation is fluid and constantly changing, the current indications are that the first game could see 50% capacity allowed.

This is not exactly ideal for the clubs involved though, who have missed out on lots of revenue over the last 18 months and would like full capacity to be allowed in stadiums, as is the case in England, France and Spain. The debate is open and the Lega Calcio hopes to be able to convince the government.

Scaroni spoke during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport and expressed his clear will to get fans back in the stadiums as soon as possible given the huge amount that clubs lose as a result of not having the usual number of fans.

“Normally stadium revenues represent about one third of the club’s revenues, therefore the fact of not having had any for so many months it was a deadly blow to our economic accounts. Milan collects 40 million from the stadium, you understand how heavy the impact can be,” he said (via MilanLive).

“They must be reopened to 100%, as they are doing in England, France or Spain: I think the green pass is a sufficient guarantee to be able to welcome everyone. And if, as a matter of caution, you choose to open only at 50%, at least it must be 50% true. Also taking into account the famous distance meter, we may arrive at 25.

“At the moment, given this state of uncertainty, we are stuck on both the season ticket and ticket office front. Within a few days we must have clear ideas, at the latest within next week it will be necessary to understand how we can move.”

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