Milan Expo 2015 pavilion becomes sport arena

Coca-Cola gifts Expo pavilion for city sport.

Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala was on the spot to try his hand at scoring last week after opening the city’s latest sports arena in Robinson Park in the south-western Municipio 6.

Originally the Coca-Cola pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the structure was transported to its new location and handed over to the city by the CEO of the company’s Italian subsidiary, Evguenia Stoitchkova.

The gift of the new indoor basketball arena – Milan’s first indoor court – spurred the city to also completely renovate the two existing outdoor basketball fields there.  The whole Robinson Park sport centre is open free of charge to Milan athletes.

Opening the new centre, Sala pointed out how the recycling of the pavilion, which had attracted over 400,000 visitors during last year’s Expo, was a tangible legacy of the exposition’s message of sustainability and healthy living.  It also slotted perfectly into the city administration’s policy of bringing more services and development to the peripheral neighbourhoods, added Sala.

The opening of the new arena was marked with a party, with guests of honour gymnast Carlotta Ferlito, swimmer Luca Dotto and captain of the national water polo team Stefano Tempesti, all members of the Italia Team Coca-Cola.