Scaroni confident regarding new stadium: “I cannot imagine the Council can refuse an investment of 1.2 billion”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has put the ball in the court of the Milan City Council regarding the new stadium project.

It was recently reported by Calcio e Finanza that the two clubs are accelerating their plans to try and finalise everything regarding the ‘new San Siro’ and are ready to resume talks after a few months in which they have worked to alter their plans to satisfy the Council.

Scaroni gave a long interview to Gr Developmento in which he discussed a very positive few months for Stefano Pioli’s team, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s impact, the Elliott Management project and Donnarumma’s renewal.

He also went on to discuss the stadium project and as far as he is concerned, he does not think that a Plan B will be needed.

“I cannot imagine the Council can refuse an investment of 1.2 billion totally privately financed by foreign capital in this complicated economic time,” he said (via MilanLive).

“I understand the affection for San Siro, but if one sees any modern stadium we are talking about something else. I consider the hypothesis that the Council refuses our project very remote.”

Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous are the two competing firms trying to land the project, and Scaroni suggested that the winner has already been chosen and will be announced as soon as the time is right.

“The capacity will be around 65 thousand spectators. We have two projects, the final choice will be made immediately after the green light from the Council,” he said.

“The stadium will be beautiful and very modern. We will make it a point for tourism and entertainment. It doesn’t just depend on us. We will have to do a detailed design which will take several months.

“If the Council gives us all the authorisations over the next 8/9 months we will begin. I already hope to be able to do it already next year. Imagining that works could begin next year, it could certainly be ready for the 2026 Games.”

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