Napoli and the local council have announced plans to revamp the Stadio San Paolo. “It will be unique, just like the Neapolitans.”
President Aurelio De Laurentiis had threatened to walk away from the city and build a new arena in nearby Caserta if the deal was not struck.
“The Council and Napoli will work together for a stadium that is not inspired by any model, but will be unique, just like the Neapolitans,” said Mayor Luigi De Magistris.
“Napoli will soon have a stadium worthy of the team and the city. This is a challenge I want to win. De Laurentiis wants to make important investments into the San Paolo, which is currently used once every 15 days.
“We want to re-qualify the Fuorigrotta area around the stadium with spaces for music and entertainment. At the centre of it will be a wonderful stadium with the Napoli museum inside.”
There are three different options for how the deal will be struck. The first is for the Council to loan the land to the club for 99 years (the system adopted by Udinese and Juventus), selling the stadium to Napoli (which would take an extremely long time due to the problems with the current legal framework) or giving De Laurentiis the right to build on the land.
“What we can be certain of is that the restructuring will not prevent Napoli from playing at the San Paolo during the season, nor will the Council pay a single Euro, as it will all be done by private enterprise.
“I do not consider the Juventus Stadium to be that of the Bianconeri fans, but rather of the Agnelli family. Instead, this stadium would belong to the Neapolitans, who could become shareholders in the structure.”
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