Galliani: “It’s time for San Siro 4, I find it hard to understand the opposition against this wonderful project”

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Adriano Galliani talking to MilanTV during the presentation of the New Milano Stadium at Politecnico di Milano on September 26, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

Adriano Galliani can’t understand why some people don’t want a new stadium, and stated ‘the current stadium creates a revenue gap of about €100 million’.

Former Rossoneri CEO, Galliani, was at the co-event of Milan and Inter on Thursday in which they presented the two projects for the New Milano Stadium.

During Galliani’s last years at Milan, Barbara Berlusconi tried building a new stadium as well but under Elliott and Suning, the possibility of a new San Siro seems a lot likelier.

“In my opinion, this is San Siro number 4,” Galliani told MilanTV. “I remember the first San Siro which was a totally different stadium with one tier. I also remember San Siro 2 in the 60’s, San Siro 3 during Italy 1990 World Cup… now it’s time for San Siro 4. It’s a wonderful endeavor. I strongly believe that in any other city in the world, when foreign investors – let’s not forget that Inter and Milan are run by foreigners – propose to invest €1.2 billion in Milano, they would be warmly welcomed by anyone. I find it hard to understand the opposition against this wonderful project.

“People want to see Inter and Milan thrive in Europe without understanding that the current stadium creates a revenue gap of about €100 million compared to other top clubs in Europe. I really find it hard to understand the opposition against such a beautiful project.

Adriano Galliani and Franco Baresi conversing before the presentation of the New Milano Stadium at Politecnico di Milano on September 26, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

“Which project I like more? Both concepts are beautiful and fascinating. It seems to me that the Populous proposal is more unique, because it recalls the wonders of our lovely city, such as the Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Therefore, it differs from other stadiums in the world. The second proposal also features a beautiful stadium amidst other beautiful stadiums in the world. The latter seems more city-friendly in my opinion.

“As a Milanese and a sportsman, I firmly support this project which will also create jobs for thousands of people. It will also enrich the city as in the past. I remember the opposition during the CityLife or Porta Nuova projects. They were strongly fought over including various other restructuring projects. I also recall the terrible Expo project controversies. Unfortunately, we live in a city ranked 67th in the world with respect to business opportunities: this means that it’s easier to do business in 66 countries rather than in Italy, which is not good.”

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