Scaroni demands more ‘urgency and enthusiasm’ from Milan council over stadium issue

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has called on the city council to show more urgency and enthusiasm regarding the new stadium project.

Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous have proposed their respective ‘Wedding ring’ and ‘Cathedral’ designs for the new home of Milan and Inter, and now the clubs are looking to go full steam ahead with the new development.

The municipality recently voted that the project is indeed ‘in the public interest’, while il Corriere di Milano claimed that mayor Beppe Sala has laid down two conditions that must be met in order for everything to go ahead.

Sala then came out on Monday and stated that the stadium plans in their current form are ‘impossible’ to approve due to the volume of land they require.

Scaroni spoke at an event called the Sport and Business Summit and focused on the stadium situation, with his quotes being transcribed by

“The Milan City Council has at least clarified two important points,” he began.

“First is that the restructuring of the San Siro to make it modern stadium is not possible, or at least is not possible with two teams.

“Second, it takes a new stadium at the San Siro, an idea that the club is pursuing. The conditions will be discussed, because in the end it is the junta that has to make the decision. All this is done according to the stadium law. It is not easy.

“Having a stadium that pays for itself, our 600 million stadium must have its returns, we will move within the framework of this law in order to find a meeting point with the municipality, a fundamental point is urgency, urgency to equip the club with a stadium for to become competitive again is essential.

“Certainly we asked for volumes that are consistent with the stadium, coherent activities, hotel similar to Juventus, investment consistent with the sport.

“I hope that there is an understanding of our economic needs that I have always told the mayor. It is not easy to get 1.2 billion of investment from foreign companies if there is no return.

“Milan has proven in fact to be a city that takes in the new, knows how to change and knows how to do beautiful things. Milan today is very different from the city of 15 years ago and is better. On the regeneration of the San Siro district it is it is right that the municipality should follow the matter by experts,

“I would expect only more enthusiasm, having the most beautiful stadium in the world should please everyone, just as we are happy to have City Life. I would expect more enthusiasm but I believe it will come.”

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