BRATISLAVA – Two months after the work began on the main venue of the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava, the Slovakian media was invited for an open day at the construction site.
The arena will be the Ondrej Nepela Ice Rink in Bratislava. It is being built where the old arena stood until spring. Right now, it doesn’t look like hockey was played there just two-and-a-half months earlier.
The old arena, built in 1940 and renovated in 1955 and 1992, looks demolished. The demolition works should be over in August when the 100 workers will start to build the new roof.
“The most complicated part to demolish was the roof. Old buildings often prove to be different than the plans,” said Anton Bezak of Ingsteel.
Andrej Durkovsky, the Mayor of Bratislava, announced that everything is going according to the timeframe as the work started nine days in advance.
“We are now in process of demolition and with the reserve we hope that, under favourable circumstances, we can complete the arena earlier than foreseen,” Durkovsky said.
The new Ondrej Nepela Ice Rink should have a capacity of more than 10,000 seats with two additional practice rinks and parking underneath. The total cost will be about €63 million, before taxes.
The main arena should be finished end of November 2010 while the completion of the entire project is expected at the end of February 2011.
The home club Slovan Bratislava will move to the smaller Vladimir Dzurilla rink (3,500 spectators) for the next two years.
The 2011 IIHF World Championship will take place April 30 to May 15, 2011. The Steel Arena in Kosice, which was built in 2006, will be the secondary venue.