Monday June 24 2019
San Siro until 2026, warns mayor

Milan’s mayor has warned the Rossoneri and Inter that the council owns San Siro and intends to keep it open until 2026, ‘end of story’.

Earlier today Milan and Inter both confirmed their plans to demolish San Siro and replace it with a new stadium.

However, Beppe Sala made it clear the Giuseppe Meazza would bear witness to the opening ceremony for the 2026 Winter Olympics if his city won hosting rights.

“The council owns San Siro,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“If Milan and Inter decide to build a stadium, I can only say two things. It’ll take time. And then, ultimately, we’re owners of the stadium.

“In the Milan-Cortina dossier, we guaranteed that in 2026, San Siro will still be open as usual. End of story.

“After 2026, we’ll decide the future of San Siro in the event there’s a new stadium. But right now, we’re absolutely adamant that this will be the venue for the opening ceremony.

“It’s obvious that the [new] stadium itself, if there’s nothing else, can’t be sustained financially.

“You can build it if you do something else around it: residences, commercial buildings.

“If the two teams were to present a global project, it’s impossible that it could be done in a few years.

“I’d like to do things tomorrow, but it’s not going to happen. I have to dampen the enthusiasm.

“Plus, in our dossier we wrote that the opening ceremony would be held at San Siro, and San Siro is ours; therefore, I’ll keep it open until 2026.

“I’ll listen to the two teams, but the stadium belongs to the council, and the council maintains its commitment to keeping San Siro open until 2026.”

Milan is competing with the Swedish capital of Stockholm for the 2026 Winter Olympics, with the host city to be revealed on Monday evening.

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