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As the first city derby of the season looms, Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala has reignited the debate surrounding the future of the iconic Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, commonly known as San Siro.
Sala emphasized that the historic venue will not face demolition, even if Serie A giants Inter Milan and AC Milan decide to relocate.
For Sala and his local coalition, the stadium holds immense cultural and historical value, making its demolition a non-starter. "San Siro is more than just a stadium; it's a symbol of Milan's rich football history," Sala stated.
The city of Milan has been reaping significant financial benefits from San Siro for decades. By leasing the "European football cathedral" to both Inter and AC Milan, the city takes a cut from each ticket sold. Last season, the stadium saw an average attendance of over 74,000 fans for both clubs, adding substantial revenue to the city's coffers.
While the city profits from the aging but still grandiose facility, both Inter Milan and AC Milan find themselves at a competitive disadvantage. The clubs are losing out on the lucrative revenue streams that come with owning modern, multi-purpose stadiums.
Unlike clubs that own their stadiums—offering year-round business spaces, restaurants, amusement parks, and even special VIP boxes—San Siro's earning potential is limited to match days, a museum, and official boutiques. This has led both Milanese clubs to consider constructing their own venues. "The financial loss from not owning a modern stadium is estimated at around €100 million annually," said an insider.
The debate over San Siro's future has implications not just for Inter and AC Milan but also for the city itself. As both clubs weigh the pros and cons of relocation, the clock is ticking on a decision that could reshape Milan's football landscape for generations to come.