Milan and Inter have received an initial ‘yes’ for the stadium project, but a lot about it will have to change.
The Rossoneri and the Nerazzurri have big plans to build a new stadium and redevelop the entire San Siro area, with Populous and Manica/Sportium presenting their respective projects last month.
Today, it became known that the Milano City Council has given the green light for the development of a new stadium: 27 votes were in favor, 11 against and 7 abstained. The final decision will be made by La Giunta, the governing body of the Milano Municipality.
As reported by Gazzetta.it, ANSA and others, while the Milano City Council voted in favor of a new stadium, they also imposed 16 conditions which the clubs must meet in order for the project to go through. The most important condition is: the current San Siro must not be demolished.
The Council gave 16 conditions that are defined “decisive and unavoidable” for the realization of the project. There is the need “to overcome the critical issues” that emerged from the Masterplan presented by Milan and Inter. Among other things, it is stated that “the hypothesis of the killing of the Meazza is considered outdated” and that “a specific proposal must therefore be envisaged with regard to the re-functioning of the existing building”. The City believes that the current San Siro can continue hosting sporting events (Women’s football and Youth Sectors) as well as concerts and other -performances. The Council also requires reducing the duration of the concession from 90 years.
Therefore, Milan and Inter will have to go back to the drawing board and design a new project that will comply with the conditions made by the Council. There’s always a Plan B for the Rossoneri and the Nerazzurri, and that is building a new stadium in the Sesto San Giovanni area.
Before the ‘yes’ of the city arrived, Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello, representing Suning, stated, as per Gazzetta.it: “We will listen to the indications to try to understand if the proposal presented regarding the stadium, albeit modified according to what will be indicated to us, will still have the economic and financial sense of sustainability that allows a project of this size to go ahead.”
As reported by ANSA, Milano mayor Giuseppe Sala stated after the decision of the City Council that “I am happy with the favorable opinion, but what I get from it, is that the project of the clubs, as it is today, is not acceptable. So it is from here that we start working again at the level of La Giunta. I also voted and I voted in favor. What I think is that the volumes that have been requested are unrealistic, they are excessive. Now the real discussion with the clubs start.
“I believe that the clubs are aware of the fact that the plan they proposed was too much a plan in their favor. There are many aspects and if we come to an agreement then we’ll get to work on more aspects. We have to bring this proposal to be a little more in the interest of the Municipality.”
The road ahead is very difficult for a new stadium, but Elliott and Suning seem determined to build a new arena, shared between Milan and Inter. A great game of politics is still ahead.