Red tapism drive Inter-Milan up the wall


Milan clubs looking for a new option Image: Populous

The head honcho of the Serie A team Inter Milan, Alessandro Antonello, has provided an update on the club’s position regarding the timeline for a new stadium in Milan (Italy).

The ‘Sempre Inter’ quoted Antonello as stating that the top-flights Inter Milan and A.C. Milan are considering building their new venue outside the San Siro area in order to nail down a clearer timeline as red tapism is weighing heavily down on the entire development.

A.C. Milan is a professional football club in Milan, Italy, founded in 1899. The club has spent its entire history, with the exception of the 1980-1981 and 1982-1983 seasons, in the top flight of Italian football, known as Serie A since 1929-1930.

Inter Milan is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy (Italy). Inter is the only Italian side to have always competed in the top flight of Italian football since its debut in 1909.

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium in the San Siro district of Milan, Italy, which is the home of Inter Milan and A.C. Milan. It has a seating capacity of 80,018, making it one of the largest stadiums in Europe, and the largest in Italy.

It is not very long back that both the top-flights had announced that Populous’ project – named ‘The Cathedral’ – has been selected for their new stadium.

On June 24th, 2019, A.C. Milan and Inter Milan announced their intention to build a new stadium to replace their present residence – San Siro. The new 60,000-capacity stadium, which would be constructed next to San Siro, is anticipated to cost US$800 million and was earlier expected to be ready for the 2022-2023 seasons.

The ‘Nerazzurri’ and ‘the Rossoneri’ have been initiating steps to start construction on their new stadium in Milan, which they see as key to boasting an avant-garde facility and keep the clubs’ coffers jingling.

The ‘Sempre Inter’ further stated that both the clubs are facing the red tapism heat and the whole exercise is proving to be a drawn-out affair. And on February 27th, it was reported that the clubs are mulling on building their new arena outside of the San Siro area though it was earlier planned that the new arena would sit adjacent to the place where the San Siro presently stands.

Though the clubs are not running out of patience, Antonello stated that the top-flights are bending over backwards to progress with the new venue project.

He stated, “There is total lack of support from the local administration. It has been more than three years that we have submitted our project and have made all the possible adjustments like agreeing to lower the volumetric indexes, but the bureaucracy is really breathing down the neck of this project. As with all projects, we have Plan B if Plan A does not work and we are not stuck to the idea that the new stadium will come up next to the place where the San Siro Stadium presently stands. We cannot get stuck to this whole San Siro idea which we have been doing for the last three years and nothing has progressed as yet. So, it is best to look for greener pastures and give the fans and the City a new stadium.”

He further stated that among the various options, the club was considering the Sesto San Giovanni (commune in Italy) site and on this issue we are with A.C. Milan on the same page. All we want is a futuristic facility which posterity will look up to in awe and we want a precise timeline for this stadium project. We do not want to put pressure on the local administration.”

Added Antonello, “We have full respect for the administrative procedures and are very well aware of the bureaucratic hurdles. But, we do not want this project to hang fire which is the worst part. To top it, the public debate part could last one year. If the project timeline further gets extended, the clubs will have to scout for sites outside of San Siro. We are not averse to the idea of the residents giving their opinions on this development. If we decide to move out of the San Siro area, it would be a loss for everyone. But, at the end of the day, we want an arena that matches up to the home pitches of the top-notch European clubs. Anyways, wherever Inter Milan and A.C. Milan build their new venue, it would always be a nod to the historic elements of the City of Milan.”

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