“It’s fair to ask questions”
Italian author Gianfelice Facchetti said the public should be wondering about San Siro’s redevelopment plans, according to a report published in Italian print media today.
Speaking in an interview with Tuttosport, the son of former Inter player Giacinto Facchetti explained that with such a deeply felt problem, residents and fans alike should be listened to more.
“I’m not a coach, but I think it’s legitimate to ask questions about such a deeply felt topic, also listening to the reasons of locals and fans. If it’s good to do it, let’s do it. But you have to confront yourself publicly to come to this conclusion.
“Instead, in this case, the issue was not addressed during the election campaign because it would have been tricky to do so. Then, shortly after the elections, the junta ruled on the public utility of the new stadium without explaining in detail why the restructuring of the Meazza could not take place.
Gianfelice Facchetti believes there are two major issues with plans for a new San Siro for Inter and AC Milan. The first is that the ideas for restructuring the existing stadium have not been explored.
“In my opinion, these projects were not really considered,” he said.
The second is that the proposals for the new stadium suggest there will be a drop in the number of fans the pitch can hold.
About 13,000 fewer seats will be in the new pitch compared to the current stadium, and Gianfelice Facchetti believes that is not something other big European teams would do.
“I don’t see any other big European clubs who, by switching from the old to the new, have reduced the availability of seats. Indeed, many have increased it. San Siro can currently accommodate 76,000 spectators.
“The new stadium has 63,000, of which 12,000 are dedicated to guests from the sponsor areas in the main stand.
“Milan have always been used to thinking big, even in football. A stadium with a capacity of just over 60,000 people does not seem to me to respond to this citizen command.