AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has admitted that the idea of building a new stadium with Inter away from the current one is becoming ‘more and more realistic’.
During his speech at San Siro for the Il Foglio event, Scaroni spoke about the new stadium and in particular the idea of moving the site of where it would be, admitting that it is very much possible.
“When we talk about outside Milan, we are talking about outside Milan in relative terms. We are not thinking of going 50km away from Milan, it would be an area that the Milanese consider part of their city. With each passing day the hypothesis becomes more and more realistic,” he said (via MilanNews).
On the San Siro area: “I consider the San Siro area too full when there are matches and too empty when there aren’t any.”
On the project: “After 1000 days, after having renounced the volumes that the law on stadiums granted us, we are also willing to have a public debate. I hope that after the debate it will stop being the project of Milan and Inter and become a project of the city of Milan. The Council must strongly want this project and it must want it quickly. I hope that the public debate will be the last step.”
On the urgency of the new stadium: “Real Madrid collects 145 million a year from the stadium, Milan 34. How can the fans think that we can compete with teams that gross 5 times more than us? The stadium is an absolute urgency. As soon as we have the executive project approved we will begin. Whether it is at San Siro or elsewhere.”
On the possible change of ownership: “Regardless of who will be the new owner of Milan, the idea is always the same: a new stadium is needed. The theme of who owns the club is irrelevant, even the mayor thinks so.”
On sharing a stadium: “The whole San Siro project was born in total sharing between Milan and Inter. Even our supporters, who are obviously divided when there are matches, do not have conflicts as happens in other cities.”
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) are among the sources that have reported the possibility of a new stadium in a new part of the city due to the delays in the process. The clubs have taken into consideration the idea of building ’The Cathedral’ in Sesto San Giovanni, the report adds, and the mayor of the region Roberto Di Stefano is enthusiastic about this opportunity.
The paper claims that choosing Sesto for the new stadium would greatly speed up the time needed to complete the project and would also have the space necessary to accommodate the plans.