Dynama Stadium makeover: Who will pay €123m?


The best reconstruction
design project has been chosen. The company GMP has won. But will the Germans
be allowed to reconstruct the stadium?

Minsk City
Architecture and Town Building Committee is not commenting on it. They say that
the boss, Alyaksandr Pyatrou, is ill.

The main office
of GMP in Hamburg has not managed to comment on the reconstruction of "Dynama"
either. But the Germans are still hoping for the realization of the project and
are calculating the cost. 

“The preparation of the architectural and construction
project is the next stage,
– director of "Dynama" Yury Kryvadubski explained, – The issue is being discussed now. We need to
chose the realization algorithm – everything will be done step by step. It is a
large-scale project that has never been realized before. That is why there are certain
problems about it."

The administration
of the stadium have already packed to free the territory for builders. "Misnkprambud"
has installed the project passport near the central entrance: "Dismantling
the second level platform of the western stands". The community work day when
all the seats were removed was organized on December 1 (more than 2 months ago).
Little has changed in the stadium since then. 


The repairs
of "the abat-jour ". Photographed on February 5.

The passport
says that the abat-jour will be dismantled in March 2013 - in a month or in a
month and a half. 

“Lift cranes will be installed there in March
and a building site  will be created.
This is preparation. The next three months will be used for dismantling
,"  Dzmitry
, deputy director of the Building department #25, told Euroradio. His
workers are dismantling "the abat-jour".    

Alyaksandr Lukashenka
demanded to finish the reconstruction of "Dynama" within 2 years  at the end of October 2012. Two months has
passed and it is evident that it will be hardly possible to stick to the
President's plan.


It is still
not clear whether the German project will be used for the  reconstruction. We still remember the
Hungarian company "Groboplan" - Belarus refused from its services although
it seemed that everything had been decided and the project was ready. About 140
million euro had to be spent on the reconstruction then. Hungarian banks were ready
to invest in the project. They say that Belarus did not reach an agreement with
investors and insurers.

But the GMP
project will hardly be cheaper. One seat is expected to cost 3000 euro. If we
multiply the number by 41 thousand seats we will get 123 million euro. And this
is the minimal cost. Germany built an arena in Manaus, Brazil (43 seats) with
the money. GMP's stadium in Kiev (for 68 thousand viewers) cost 440 million
euro! Who will pay and will Belarus reach an agreement with insurers?

It is still
open to question. The reconstruction of Belarus' main football arena resembles
a detective story – you cannot predict the outcome.