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SBD Global/October 4, 2013/Facilities

Serie A Side Napoli To Remain At San Paolo Stadium After Meeting With Mayor

Serie A Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed the club "will remain at the Stadio San Paolo and revamp it together with the local council," according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. A few days ago the president "had threatened to walk away from the iconic venue and build a new stadium in nearby Caserta." De Laurentiis said after a meeting with Mayor De Magistris, "I can announce that the San Paolo will remain Napoli’s home. We reached an agreement, there will be a bilateral commission set up by the Naples Council and Napoli football club, but we have already found the solution which will be innovative" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 10/2). SOCCEREX reported De Laurentiis "is keen to develop a new stadium on the site of the San Paolo, which first opened in 1959 and underwent extensive redevelopment to its current 60,000 capacity for Italy’s staging of the 1990 FIFA World Cup." De Laurentiis: "Napoli will have the rights to ownership of the stadium and the adjacent zones, giving everything we need to make it to the maximum level of European standards. The Caserta option has been abandoned. We got into details, establishing a deal on the fact this stadium will be in Naples with guaranteed returns on investment" (SOCCEREX, 10/3).
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