The superintendency towards the rejection of the demolition. The two clubs will separate for the construction of new facilities
There will be no need to wait for 2025 to know the future of the Meazza. The San Siro stadium, barring surprises, will still resist for a long time. “Merit” of the second link and the constraint of cultural interest, which will take effect automatically in two years and will hardly be canceled by the Superintendency of Milan. So, no demolition. And no Cathedral of Inter and Milan in place of the Scala del Calcio nor next to today’s stadium.
The two clubs, which in the long run to the property plant have returned to talk together with the mayor Beppe Sala without however abandoning the idea of going alone, have asked for certainties in advance from the superintendent Emanuela Carpani, already met in mid-May to make the point of the situation and today more convinced in supporting the needs of the teams. In the space of a few weeks, therefore, Inter and Milan will have the answer to figure out which path to take as soon as possible: update the San Siro dossier with the City’s requests and prepare for the executive project (which costs between 40 and 50 million) for the new cathedral-style stadium, or go elsewhere while still leaving the historic home of Milanese football. At the moment, the ending of the soap opera that began in the summer of 2019 does not seem to hide possible twists: yes, in short, without changes in direction. The famous ramps of the second ring, built in 1955 and therefore after 70 years (in 2025) destined to have the historical constraint according to the law that applies to assets belonging to public property, cannot be demolished in the name of a new, more modern stadium and much richer than today. In short, as the Undersecretary for Cultural Heritage Vittorio Sgarbi had repeatedly argued, the Meazza cannot be touched.
Thinking back to the 150,000 spectators who filled San Siro in the double semi-final of the Champions League, many Milanese (and non-Milanese) fans will breathe a sigh of relief. The symbol of so many triumphs of the two teams will remain standing. But what will Inter and Milan do in the aftermath of the Superintendency’s official decision? Will they stay at the Meazza without touching the second tier but perhaps modernizing it, as they did at the Bernabeu from Real Madrid and as they are starting to do now at the Camp Nou from Barcelona? No, this solution has always been excluded by the clubs and reaffirmed yesterday too, on the sidelines of a meeting at Palazzo Marino with the “Referendum X San Siro” committee, another obstacle towards the Cathedral: too expensive and not very profitable for the company coffers idea of staying at the Meazza, also because the work would necessarily involve a long exile. For now it is known that the inaugural ceremony of the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games will take place at San Siro, but as far as the future home of the Rossoneri and Nerazzurri are concerned, we are still in the field of hypotheses. With two-stage solution obviously more probable.
Gerry Cardinale immediately pushed for the stadium owned only by AC Milan, also due to the lack of feeling shown in recent months with the Inter owners, and his Italian trips in March were used to meet the mayor Sala and the president of Lombardia Fontana. Steven Zhang has always considered San Siro to be the Nerazzurri’s home, with the Cathedral a long-defended project, without however neglecting plan B in the event of separation from his cousins. Milan, also due to the lengthiness and repeated delays of the Cathedral project, had recently bet strongly on the La Maura hypothesis, land within the South Milan Agricultural Park not far from the Meazza, but as confirmed a few days ago by the president Paolo Scaroni l he idea ended up offside, sunk by political and environmentalist obstacles. The metropolitan area of Milan is always the favorite of the two clubs. Sesto San Giovanni, San Donato and Rozzano-Assago are always in the running for the Devil. The alternative area for Inter, but which could soon advance to the Nerazzurri’s pole position, is located on the border between Assago and Rozzano. Nothing is decided, but moving forward together at San Siro seems increasingly impossible.
May 30, 2023 (change May 30, 2023 | 12:39)
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