Florence mayor Dario Nardella met with Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso earlier this week. It’s another stop on the new Viola owner’s goodwill tour through the city, but this one could have major repercussions for the future of the team with regards to where the games are actually played.
The Della Valle brothers, you may recall, spent the majority of their entire tenure as owners of the club trying to build a stadium at the old Mercafir site near the Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci; a decade on and there’s still no real progress to report other than that the lack of action would make Samuel Beckett cringe.
With a new owner on board, though, the odds of a new stadium suddenly look decidedly more friendly. Commisso has already talked about the Artemio Franchi and his desire to keep the beautiful and historical edifice as part of the club’s mystique. However, a businessman of his savviness is fully aware of the enormous financial advantages that a team gets from owning its own arena.
A lot of folks have therefore conjectured that the main subject of Commisso’s chat with Nardella was the Franchi, and Rocco’s desire to buy it from the city of Florence. Such a purchase, however, would be extremely complicated and extremely expensive, so it’s fair to wonder if there’s any real possibility of the transaction actually going through.
Which would you rather see?
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The Artemio Franchi IS Fiorentina and the club has to stay there, regardless of who owns it.
The Franchi is wonderful, but if Fiorentina has a chance to own its stadium elsewhere, the advantages are too good to pass up.
If Commisso can push a deal through to buy the Franchi, Fiorentina should stay. Otherwise, it makes more sense to leave the old arena.
Here’s your weekend thread to talk about transfer rumors and whatever else is rattling around in your head. Stay loose, yall.