San Siro demolition moves step closer

Last Updated: 21/05/20 7:09pm

The demolition of the San Siro has moved a step closer
The demolition of the San Siro has moved a step closer

Italy’s heritage authority raised no objections to tearing down Milan’s 1920s-era San Siro arena, removing a major obstacle to the city’s top-flight football clubs’ plans to replace it with a new stadium.

Serie A clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan, respectively owned by US fund Elliott and Chinese electronic retailer Suning, last year filed a request to jointly build a new 60,000-seater stadium in the San Siro area.

The new stadium is the key element in a wider 1.2 bn euro real estate plan for the district, which includes demolishing almost all of the historic San Siro arena, home ground of both the city’s top-flight clubs.

Although approval from heritage authorities is not the final decision, it is an important step towards implementing the plan.

AC Milan and Inter share the stadium
AC Milan and Inter share the stadium

According to an opinion from the authority to the Milan municipality which owns the site, the arena does not have any architectural significance that would prevent its demolition. Following several redevelopments, only a small remnant of the oldest part of the stadium, built in 1926, is left.

The clubs and the municipality have been in talks for months to try to find a compromise over plans to replace the nearly century-old arena, sometimes dubbed “La Scala del Calcio” – a reference to Milan’s famous opera house.

City representatives, including Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala, had repeatedly questioned plans to tear down San Siro and the clubs have modified initial projects which would have seen the entire stadium demolished.

Plans under discussion include tearing down most of the old arena but keeping part of it as a kind of city landmark around which the clubs would build new sport facilities available to the public.

Source : Sky Sports