Wednesday December 17 2014
‘San Siro is option number one’

Michael Bolingbroke, Inter CEO, says he is looking at San Siro's ‘enormous potential’ to develop the club's future.

In spite of recent speculation that the Nerazzurri President Erick Thohir is looking to invest in a new property stadium – following the examples set by Juventus, Roma, and eventually Milan – the CEO of il Biscione has declared that their first option would be to stay put.

“It is a stadium that needs to be improved, but it has enormous potential and a unique appeal,” said Bolingbroke at the Gazzetta.

“It's a fantastic stadium, we are discussing what to do, but we would be happy to stay at San Siro. That's our first option.

“When I go to our home games I look around me and I honestly can't understand how half the stadium is empty.

“In the area around the stadium, the one that lets you reach San Siro within an hour-and-a-half, reside 8m people.

“Two thirds of them are football fans and 2.6m support Inter. How on earth is it possible that the stadium doesn't fill itself with 80,000 people?”

When asked about his ideas on how to change the status quo, the Englishman said the solution must involve the fans.

“The spectators should become an integral part of a family. The challenge is to fill up the stadium not only for the derby but every Sunday, even for the ‘normal’ games.

“Now we attract an average of 30,000 people per game, our target is to bring that up to 50,000.

“It's obvious that service has to be improved, along with transport, safety measures and sectors dedicated to families.

“And it's important to be clear about something – we do not intend to increase revenue by raising ticket-prices, only by bringing more people to the stadium.

“In England it's different because the stadiums are constantly sold out, while here the frequency with which that happens is much lower.”

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