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Populous in last two for Milan’s San Siro stadium replacement

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I find it a little difficult to be critical of the two Milanese clubs and their architects for opting for a new stadium rather than a refurb of existing San Siro. In terms of the heritage and tradition, we go through this ritual with every new stadium. A period of sentimental angst and outrage, a few objections, a gushing farewell to the old place (maybe Bruce Springsteen writes a song about it), then everyone falls in love with the new place. It happens all the time, even with the oldest venues. Then there's the environmental argument. But I think it's a bit rich for us to be lobbing criticisms from the UK at two big, historic European clubs that continue to coexist within a single stadium. The story here is that a city the size of Milan, with two major clubs, still only needs one stadium. Why is it so far-fetched to imagine this for Liverpool and Everton? Or Man City and Man United? Or all the different London clubs? (Plus the big extra one that we only use for the national team and One Direction concerts?) There is story in the world of stadia about EPIC environmental waste. It's not in Milan.

Posted date

23 October, 2019

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11:36 am

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