The mayor of Naples has hit out at Napoli's president, claiming an upcoming Champions League conflict in opposition to actual Madrid would now not be imaginable without town's commitment to repair the decrepit San Paolo stadium.
The mayor of Naples has hit out at Napoli’s president, claiming an upcoming Champions League conflict in opposition to actual Madrid would not be that you can imagine with out town’s dedication to repair the decrepit San Paolo stadium.
"had been it no longer for our intervention, the sport against real Madrid almost certainly would not be performed since the San Paolo would not meet standards," city mayor Luigi De Magistris advised Radio Crc Thursday.
The San Paolo, where Diego Maradona helped the southerners to their sole league titles in 1987 and 1990, is without doubt one of the most emblematic football venues in Italy.
With a total capacity of simply over 60,000, it is also the third greatest after the San Siro (eighty one,277) in Milan and the Stadio Olimpico (72,698) in Rome.
however the venue, built in 1959 and still owned via the city council, is in dire need of refurbishment.
membership president Aurelio De Laurentiis is backing plans for a brand new, 20,000-seater stadium to host the Serie A side, who take a seat 0.33 in Serie A 9 points behind leaders Juventus.
but De Magistris absolutely intends to refurbish the existing construction, although it approach essential repair works are conducted piecemeal fashion and solely on the rate of city coffers over a 4-yr period.
last week, Napoli misplaced their final sixteen first leg three-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid and host the Spanish giants for the return leg on March 7.
"We will not construct a brand new stadium, but we are going to do a super job renovating the prevailing stadium," De Magistris introduced.
"Our subsequent goal is to complete the dressing rooms, the corridors and the media tribune for the true Madrid recreation.
"we’ll appreciate that dedication, even with out the support of the club."
even though nearly all of stadiums throughout Europe are owned by using clubs, most in Italy belong to the local authorities. In Serie A, best the stadiums utilized by Juventus, Sassuolo and Udinese are owned via the golf equipment.
Amid a wave of latest stadium developments in the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s, Italy was generally left at the back of.
The San Paolo, which had an preliminary capacity of just about a hundred and ten,000 when it used to be built over a eleven-12 months length from 1948-1959, is one instance.
De Magistris stated the town was dedicated to finishing its full refurbishment, whether De Laurentiis needs to contribute or now not.
"town is dedicated to activity and, with an excessive amount of sacrifice, we are going to full this. In different cities, that is regularly done by the club," he mentioned.
After knocking the corridors, media tribune and dressing rooms into form for the appearance of Zinedine Zidane’s ‘Galacticos’, De Magistris mentioned more work will be carried out.
"in the summertime we will focus on other repairs, the bogs, the seats and some other things."
He delivered: "Between now and 2021, whether or not the membership (Napoli) invests within the stadium or not, we can put apart the essential cash to completely restructure the stadium.
"A 20,000-seater San Paolo would now not be practical. The stadium is for the people, and i’m firmly adverse to those that want to put up economic boundaries to forestall people from having access to it."