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In Bratislava decide what to do with the main ice arena of the World Cup

In Bratislava decide what to do with the main ice arena of the World Cup
In Bratislava decide what to do with the main ice arena of the World Cup

In Bratislava started proceedings on the fact of reconstruction of the main ice arena of the last hockey world championship - Stadium of Ondrej Nepela.
On Friday at a press conference was announced the cost of reconstruction and its terms. Restoration of the main ice arena in Bratislava is estimated at 73 million euros. All works on reconstruction of the stadium will take 2 years. Such figures were provided by Anton Bezak, head of the Ingsteel company, which prepared the stadium for the Ice Hockey World Championship 2011.

Press conference of Anton Bezak was organized in order to clarify the situation with financing of reconstruction. Thus, recently the Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic Ivan Miklos sent a letter to the Supreme Audit Office, where he asked its head Ian Jasovsky to review financing of construction works of the stadium of Ondrej Nepela. The reason for the letter was doubts of the Slovak Ministry of Finance in the target expenditure of government funds for construction.

In response to this request the head of Ingsteel said that the company managed to create a wonderful stadium. It is worth noting that Ingsteel company is associated with the activities of one of the richest people in Slovakia, Juraj Siroki, who, among other things, is one of the key sponsors of the opposition party Smer-SD.

Bezak also rejected accusations that the cost of reconstruction of the arena in Bratislava is consistent with the cost of construction of three new arenas.
Among the special adds, which received the stadium of Ondrej Nepela after the reconstruction, is two-story parking, as well as special 3-storey metal floors.

Initially the cost of reconstruction was estimated at 62.9 million euros. But then the cost increased by 16%. According to the head of Ingsteel this excess was caused by the requirements imposed by architects and investors. Despite the fact that the company won the tender by placing an initial amount of 62.9 million, Bezak believes that the additional costs to rebuild the arena were necessary.

Ilya Kalachev

Date: 24/05/2011

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