Inter president Erick Thorir and AC Milan vice president Barbara Berlusconi met up on Thursday for a business lunch to discuss the long term future of one of the world’s most iconic footballing venues, The San Siro.
The great rivals who have shared the Milanese stadium since 1947 released a joint statement after the meeting indicating that the ambition of both clubs had been discussed as well as discussion as to how the long term competitiveness of Italian Football could be achieved.
Describing talks as “positive”, the meeting was spent “mainly discussing the stadium and reiterating their desire to pursue their targets for development and growth.”
With the San Siro set to host the 2016 Champions League final, there is speculation that a third tier could be added to the East side to increase the capacity but who would finance such an expansion of a council owned building remains to be seen.
Berlusconi is quoted as saying “Other [meetings] will follow soon because it is essential to have a constant exchange of ideas which will allow us to best manage the San Siro stadium.’
Following Juventus decision to build their own stadium in 2009 and announcements of record revenues for 2013-2014 season, there is speculation that one of the Milan based teams could follow suit with AS Roma already planning their own Stadio Della Roma for the 2017 season.
If either club were to build their own stadium then they would likely be in the minority with there only being four current examples in Italy: The aforementioned Juventus Arena, Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium, Udinese’s Stadio Friuli and Cagliari’s disastrous Stadio Is Arena.