The mayor of Sesto San Giovanni has staked his claim for Inter and AC Milan’s new stadium to be built in his part of the city, according to a report in the Italian broadcast media.
Speaking during an interview with Radio Rossonera, via FCInternews, Roberto Di Stefano explained that much of the necessary criteria has already been met in Sesto San Giovanni for the stadium to built there rather than the San Siro area of Milan, where the current stadium is.
“To build the stadium in Sesto you need the availability of three subjects: the Municipality of Sesto which, I repeat, has already given a sort of political ok, the ownership of the land and the two teams.
“Mine is also a work of territorial marketing: I want to make known as much as possible how much Sesto has changed and how much potential it can still offer. For example, we approved the territorial governance plan at the end of 2021 and after a week, S. Raffaele 2 announced the acquisition of 110,000 m2 for the construction of the University of the Hospital and the student residence.”
He then said that building the new football stadium in Sesto would be a great gift for the city and said if the clubs are interested, then the area is waiting.
“The construction of the new temple of Milanese football would be a nice gift that I would bring to my city, which in 2022 is also the European City of Sport. We would fulfil a beautiful dream. Sesto has all the potential, if the teams are interested we are there.”
Inter and AC Milan already decided to choose the Cathedral project put forward by Populous but Roberto Di Stefano feels that the project can still be carried out in Sesto despite being designed for San Siro.
“The Populous-La Cattedrale project would be transferable to Sesto, both in terms of volumes due to the abundance of space in the former Falck areas, and in terms of urban planning legislation which has such flexibility as to be able to accommodate a structure such as a stadium if inserted in the general design.
“However, considering that the area is 1,250,000 square meters and the current project of the stadium is 150,000 square meters, we are only a little more of a tenth of the entire space of the former Falck area.”
To further build his case, the mayor of Sesto explained the transport links that are in place or could be put in place to help serve the fans that are travelling to the new stadium.
“Sesto could also secure four new metro stops including two near the area, a railway station and a new motorway junction that would accommodate the users who would arrive for sporting events and will certainly come for the largest project of the Lombardy Region, the City of Research and Health.
“The area of the new stadium is also located just 15 minutes from Linate Airport.”