AC Milan last laugh on San Donato venue poll


No referendum on new AC Milan stadium Image: AC Milan and Manica Architecture

There will be no referendum on the Serie A club AC Milan’s proposed stadium in San Donato in Milan, Italy, as it has been ruled “inadmissible” by the local authority.

‘’ stated that an official statement was released by the San Donato local Government which confirmed that with the above decision one of the stumbling blocks between the Milan authorities and a new stadium in the area has been removed.

The AC Milan, or simply Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy (Italy). Founded in 1899, the club competes in the Serie A, the top tier of Italian football, and has spent its entire history there with the exception of the 1980-1981 and 1982-1983 seasons.

The San Siro Stadium is a football stadium in the San Siro district of Milan, Italy. It has a seating capacity of 80,018, making it one of the largest stadiums in Europe and the largest in Italy. It serves as the home ground of AC Milan and Inter Milan.

‘’ further stated that the No Stadium Committee had put forward the idea of a referendum on the stadium in February and talks were on to decide whether they have a right to take such a stand.

It has now been decided that there will be no public referendum as “the referendum question is intended to affect matters of non-exclusive competence of the Municipality of San Donato Milanese and, in any case, will be the subject of a change in the Municipal urban planning, findings which highlight the profile of inadmissibility of the referendum initiative.”

The AC Milan is planning to build a new 70,000-seat stadium in San Donato Milanese, Italy, as a mixed-use development. The stadium will be rectangular with rounded curves and inspired by the American sports facilities, with two distinct rings of seats and Italy’s largest maxi-screens. The stadium will include AC Milan’s new headquarters, a museum, club shop, hotel, entertainment district, energy center for sustainable power, car parks, green areas, and new access roads and paths. It will also have a 3,000-seat auditorium for shows and cultural events.

The statement also explained the different ways in which the local authority will go about gauging public interest on the new stadium.

The official statement further read, “With the above decision, it has been assessed that the referendum question is not admissible. We take note of this by underlining how the referendum represents a tool for participation, which we intend to guarantee through an information dissemination exercise, listening and discussion that will involve citizens, associations, companies, and the many entities that represent the entire San Donato community.”

The above decision is a serious blow to those who did not want to see the rise of AC Milan when they move away from San Siro.

The San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, cannot be demolished. This is the essence of the ruling handed down by the TAR (regional administrative court of law) of Lombardy on May 7th, which declared inadmissible the appeal filed by the Municipality of Milan against the cultural constraint imposed by the Superintendency on the second ring of the Milanese facility.

The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage in Lombardy has imposed a cultural constraint on the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, that prohibits the demolition of the second tier and its distinctive spiral towers due to their cultural interest. The third ring and roof are not protected by the constraint.

The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage in Lombardy is responsible for establishing guidelines, policies and standards for cultural heritage. They also prepare an annual report on the state of the cultural heritage, which is discussed at the National Forum.

Following the above ruling and the Inter Milan and the AC Milan in no mood to rejig the San Siro Stadium, the two top-of-the-heap clubs decided to build their own home venues, respectively.

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