In March, Kongres Magazine reported on the new Ljubljana’s investments following the strategy of sports in the City of Ljubljana with the plan to increase the areas for sports in nature and in the urban environment to 2 sq.m. per capita by 2028. Between 2007 and 2017, Ljubljana’s recreational and green areas have increased by more than 1 sq.m. per capita, what means as much as 329.500 sq.m. of new outdoor areas intended for sports and recreation. Recently The Finance Business Daily, the Slovenian business and financial newspaper, reported on the price of new planned between 2023 and 2028 investments.
As reported in the Finance Business Daily, Ljubljana will in the next five years get eight new sports objects. There are two major projects highlighted: by the end of 2023 the athletic stadion in the city quarter of Šiška will be renovated. The renovation is estimated to cost 33 million euros. A year later, in 2024, the new Sports Centre Ilirija, worth 34 million euros, will open its door.
In Šiška, the main Athletic Stadium which will undergo renovation will get equipped with grandstands and accompanying spaces for 5,000 spectators. Additionally, an athletics hall with accompanying rooms and grandstands for 1,500 spectators and a two-hundred-metre long running track, suitable for the world’s largest youth competitions, as well as a nearby hundred-metre training track. In additional, there will be a new auxiliary athletic stadium, a centre for hammer throws, an underground parking garage and all other necessary facilities.
The other biggest of the eight investments, is a completly rebuilt Sports Centre Ilirija with an Olympic pool, museum of sports, halls for trainings, volleyball and basketball, smaller hall for gymnasticsm aerobics, fitness as well as a martial arts hall. The renovation, which will need to follow the requirements to protect the cultural heritage of the current building and to preserve its façade, will cost 33 million euros. All funds for the renovation and construction will contribute the City of Ljubljana.
Municipality of Ljubljana will also cover for other renovations and constructions in the plan. The planned budget of 116,6 million euros will cover also renovations of the Sports Park Tivoli with ‘ice’ halls for hockey competitions and trainings. Sports Park Tivoli will cost 13.6 million euros, while the multifunctional sports object in Vevče with outdoor swimming pool will cost 11.7 million euros.
Other investments are into the Climbing Centre Ljubljana which will contain a construction of a new building added to the existing centre of 1,089 sq.m. with additional 1,115 sq.m. The investment is evaluated to bring 6.4 million euro of expenses. Then the Tenis Centre Tomačevo and Tenis Playgrounds Ljubljana, together worth of 9,5 million euros. Curling Hall will cost 3.8 millions and an investment into a renovation of the Hippodrome Ljubljana in the value of 3 million euros and should be finished in 2025 to 2026.