PETRŽALKA, and not the existing Tehelné pole site in the Nové Mesto district, will be the location of the new National Football Stadium in the capital. However, the amendment to the project means that Bratislava will probably be left with another decaying former football pitch. The capacity of the new stadium should be about 25,000 spectators.
“Since the Slovak Football Association is not an investor, we cannot decide where it will be located,“ the president of the Slovak Football Association (SFZ) Ján Kováčik said, as quoted by Sme. “A solution on a greenfield site is better and we know how much the state can invest at the moment,” he added, saying he was pleased that the Bratislava Region was willing to provide the land for the stadium for free of charge.
The Petržalka site is currently vacant, except for a water treatment plant and some fields. In the future other sports venues should be built in the same neighbourhood. The city will be responsible for the associated infrastructure, and in the future the stadium should be linked to a planned highway around Bratislava.
The new government officially adopted the project from the previous cabinet of Robert Fico, which had promised €70 million from the state budget.
“The current government will continue to participate in the construction of the stadium,” Sme quoted Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš as saying. “It is an untenable situation for the Slovak Republic not to have a stadium which would meet the criteria for representative matches.”.
It is planned that the stadium will be built through a public-private partnership (PPP) project. Mikloš said that an investor should be found through a transparent tender. It is unclear when construction will be launched, but the state will probably not find any money in the budget before 2013.
SFZ is also looking for a partner who would join it in running the new stadium.
”We will never ask the state to pay for the operating costs of the stadium,” Kováčik promised.
Compiled by Dušan Dudík from press reports
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25. Nov 2010 at 13:00