Skopje, 18th November 2012 (MIA) – Aerodrom Municipality plans construction of new sports center “Jane Sandanski”, with two sports halls, hotel and other accompanying facilities and premises at the location of the existing eponymous sports hall, via public-private partnership, for which public call will be published as of tomorrow.
Bidder to be elected through the public call, will need to construct the sports center with its own funds, which according to the initial estimates, would amount to EUR 10 million, for which it will obtain concession to manage the sports center in the coming 35 years.
– It is a matter of sports center, to include one sports hall with 5,000 seats and plus one accompanying hall with 1, 000 seats, commercial space, space for hotel accommodation with weight lifting room, spa center, thus, we expect for future investors to show interest in this sports center, and in December, if there is interest in public-private partnership, we can conclude the contract, Mayor of Aerodrom Municipality Ivica Konevski said at today’s press conference.
He explained that if such contact is concluded, the existing sports hall will be demolished, and the new sports center should be built in 18 months. Investors will be exempted from payment of utility fees for the facility construction.
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Zoran Stavreski pointed out that this initiative of Aerodrom Municipality is a good once, since, as he stressed, the sport is an activity, being significant for the health of people in terms of becoming healthy persons, having competitive edge and positive atmosphere.
– I think that this is a good initiative given that it is a matter of big municipality with over 90 thousand of inhabitants. I believe the need in this municipality occurred in 1996, when big match between MZT Skopje and Real Madrid was hold. In the last four seconds, MZT won the game 69:68 thanks to the free throws scored by Pero Blazevski. The atmosphere was euphoric and pleasant. There were around 2, 000 people both in the hall and out of it. It is than when the need for Aerodrom to have more beautiful and bigger sports hall arouse, Stavreski said.
He added that the good fans and a number of supporters of the sport, above all the sportsmen deserve this.
– It is well known that as for the sport, 95% of the success is a result of the trainings, and only 5% is owed to the talent, therefore, in order for the sportsmen to achieve good results, good sports conditions are necessary, Vice Prime Minister Stavreski said.
Sports center will cover an area of 11 square meters, and it will be built according to the standards of FIBA and EHF.
The main multi-functional hall would be appropriate for basketball, handball, indoor football and volleyball, while trainings will be carried out in the accompanying hall, and there will be fitness centers as well.