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Daugava Stadium in Riga reopens after renovation

BC, Riga, 30.05.2018.Print version
The Daugava Stadium in Riga reopened today after renovation, with speakers at the ceremony emphasizing repeatedly that the renovation project concluded on schedule and within the budget of the project, informs LETA.


Following the renovation, the Daugava Stadium now has a seating capacity of 10,400.

Elmars Martinsons, member of the board at the Daugava Stadium culture and sports center, said at the ceremony that a lot of people and institutions had participated in implementation of the project. "We have been able to accomplish everything on schedule and within our budget, thanks to scrupulous planning and good teamwork," said Martinsons. The second stage of the project is to be completed in 2022, he added.

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) said that renovation of the Daugava Stadium was an exemplary project, adding that he hoped the renovated stadium would elevate Latvian sports to a new level.

Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis (Unity) said that renovation of the stadium was an event of national importance, also emphasizing the importance of good planning and teamwork.

The other speakers at the ceremony included Culture Minister Dace Melbarde (National Alliance), Latvian Athletics Association's President Ineta Radevica and Latvian Football Federation's President Kaspars Gorkss.

Renovation and expansion of the Daugava Stadium's stands is the first stage of a project on the development of cultural and sports quarter in Riga's Grizinkalns neighborhood. Following the next stages of the project, the stadium will meet the requirements for hosting high-level football matches and athletic competitions. The stadium will have a natural grass football pitch, a new ice rink, a new track and field arena, and other facilities

The total cost of the project is EUR 61.965 million, of which the European Regional Development Fund's co-financing is EUR 37.550 million.

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