Milan chief Ivan Gazidis defends plan to demolish iconic San Siro

AC Milan chief Ivan Gazidis defends controversial plan to demolish the iconic San Siro as new £590m stadium is ‘fundamental’ to Italian club’s future

  • Controversial plan to demolish the iconic San Siro has divided opinion in Milan
  • Former Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi said demolition ‘would be a deep wound’
  • Milan and Inter plan to build new stadium and entertainment complex on the site

Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis has defended the demolition of the San Siro as the construction of a new £590million stadium ‘is a fundamental step’ for the club to be able to compete with Europe’s elite. 

The new project has divided opinion and former Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi admitted the demolition of the iconic stadium ‘would be a deep wound’. 

Milan won eight Scudetti, five European Cups, one Coppa Italia, six Supercoppa Italiana, two Intercontinental Cups, five UEFA Super Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup during Berlusconi’s time in Via Aldo Rossi 

Controversial plan to demolish the iconic San Siro has divided opinion in Milan

Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis claims new £590million stadium is ‘fundamental’ to club’s future

But Milan CEO Gazidis believes ‘building new stadiums’ is necessary for the top teams in Italy.

‘I understand the doubts, because San Siro is a special place, but it’s necessary to have courage,’ Gazidis told the club’s official website.

‘Feelings exist and cannot be questioned. The memories of San Siro will be there forever, no one will be able to erase them, it’s impossible.

Former Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi said demolition of San Siro ‘would be a deep wound’

‘Every League in the world that has been successful has done so by building new stadiums, with an incredible and inclusive experience for the fans.

‘We have everything that is needed: the football, the people, fans. I see a brilliant future, you just need to have courage. 

‘Creating new stadiums is a fundamental step if we want to be at the top of the football world again.’

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