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The Stadio Franchi is now a closed chapter for Fiorentina

Rocco Commisso gives his verdict on the never ending saga of the Franchi stadium

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On a day when MiBACT finally announced their restrictions on what redeveloping can be done with Fiorentina’s Franchi stadium, Rocco Commisso has rightly put an end to this sorry saga. There will be no renewal of the crumbling structure done by Fiorentina.

Here is the official club announcement:

In light of today’s announcement by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBACT), signed by the Director General for Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape, ACF Fiorentina would like to thank all the parties who showed an interest in the possibility of building of a new stadium for the city of Florence and Fiorentina fans on the same site where the team has always played.

“With the new Stadium Law, I thought the government might take a direction that is more helpful for the future of Italian football and the Italian economy in general, especially with the severe crisis the country is currently experiencing,” Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso said.

“Sadly, there seems to be more interest in preserving a dilapidated 90-year-old reinforced-concrete structure than giving fans the opportunity to enjoy sports events at an avant-garde stadium with modern-day facilities and comforts, which is something Florence deserves.

“I hope that Italian bureaucracy and all the parties such as Archistar and the various foundations and committees who were so keen to impress on MiBACT the need to save the Franchi will be just as keen to raise the funds needed for the Municipality to renovate the stadium.

“The Franchi must not be allowed to fall into disuse and disrepair in the heart of the beautiful city of Florence.”

Now we will see what can be done about building a new stadium, possibly at Campi Bisenzio. Italian politics, both national and local always manage to throw a spanner in the works. Let’s see them put their money forward for the work that needs to be done to save the Stadio Artemio Franchi from becoming a disaster area.