The Devil wants the answer from the Nerazzurri by March. The third way identified in the southern area. But it seems that we are going towards different stadiums for the two teams, with the “case constraint” holding back San Siro
February 8 – Milan
You can’t see it, but there is a large hourglass on the roof of Casa Milan: it marks the time that passes while awaiting the decision on the new stadium. The novelty is that the remaining sand is not much. Milan want to make a decision within the next two months: at the end of March, at the latest in April, the club will decide whether to stay at San Siro with Inter or transfer the project for the new stadium. This is the intention at the beginning of February, waiting to meet the Nerazzurri (soon) and respond to the Municipality of Milan, which just before Christmas approved the plan for the new San Siro by setting new stringent conditions on capacity, green areas, neighborhood interventions.
“For the stadium we are carrying out three projects in parallel – said Paolo Scaroni, president of Milan, on 25 January –. One is that of Sesto San Giovanni and another I won’t say, it’s a hole card”. The hole card always leads to the Milanese hinterland but in the southern area, in the municipality of Rozzano. Milan has studied and is still studying the possibility of building the new stadium there alone, in a non-municipal but private area. Is it an interesting solution? Yes, because even Rozzano would satisfy some of the requirements required for the construction of a large club facility. Is this a likely solution? Not currently. Let’s say that today Rozzano is in the second row, together with the old solution of San Donato – for non-Milanese, in the South-East area – which has also been considered in recent weeks. Each area has strengths and weaknesses but San Siro and Sesto San Giovanni remain the most concrete hypotheses.
The big question, at this point, is understanding what the strategies of Milan and Inter will be, and above all if the paths of the two clubs will really remain intertwined. “If it’s not San Siro, Milan are willing to go alone – said Scaroni last month -. We won’t let go, I assure you that Milan will have the new stadium”. In short, Milan makes it a question of timing: they are in a hurry, they don’t want to wait and they are ready to press the green button on the first available solution. Thus putting pressure on both the Municipality of Milan and Inter. This is why Sesto San Giovanni, willing to accelerate together with Milan, has a chance and is now probably the favorite over San Siro, which has more charm but also a very complicated political situation. There is always the case-constraint on the Meazza, the question that is currently delaying Palazzo Marino and which could also freeze the “Cathedral” designed by Populous: it will be up to Emanuela Carpani, the new Superintendent of Archaeology, to decide whether today’s stadium can really be demolished as Inter and Milan want. If the two clubs get the political green light in the short term, then we can start with the drafting of the executive project, which has a cost of 40-50 million and would be the first real definitive step towards the new San Siro. If, on the other hand, Milan does not decide immediately, the scenario could really change.
In the great chess match on the stadium, the next move belongs to the companies. First of all, we need to see where the dialogue with the Municipality of Milan will lead. At the end of December, the clubs were asked that the stadium at San Siro have 70,000 seats, that tickets not suffer an excessive increase, that the green areas constitute 50% of the entire area and that a share of at least 40 million be invested for the redevelopment of the entire district. Is it possible to reach an agreement? Difficult to say, also because Milan intend to choose their future in a couple of months. But if the San Siro were wrecked and the Devil decided for Sesto San Giovanni, it would be Inter who would have to make a decision. Go to Sesto with your cousins or choose your own solution, at San Siro or elsewhere. The Zhang family club is waiting for now: if RedBird proposes to go hand in hand also in Sesto, the idea would certainly be evaluated. Otherwise Inter will go alone, in a facility of its own. Maybe the Meazza only colored with Nerazzurri? Difficult, also because in recent years the two clubs have always reiterated the impossibility of continuing to play in today’s glorious stadium, even making it more modern and functional. But Milan, like the other big European football cities, would still go towards two stadiums for two teams.
February 8, 2023 (change February 9, 2023 | 08:32)
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