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Ceremonial installation of the first column of the summer stadium in Pardubice

Revitalising a dilapidated sports stadium that was inaugurated 90 years ago into a modern UEFA Category 3 football stadium is a challenge for real experts, and PORR has them in its ranks.

To revitalize the dilapidated sports stadium, which was inaugurated 90 years ago at the modern PORR company won the tender six months ago with a project prepared using the Design&Build method and immediately began the time-consuming and organizationally demanding demolition and demolition work.

On Monday, 13 December, the ceremonial installation of the first column of the north stand took place exactly as planned. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the municipality, the professional public, the Football Association of the Czech Republic, FCPardubice and the general contractor of the construction, PORR a.s. The invitation was also accepted by the heir to the copyright of the work, the son of the architect Karel Řepa, one of the authors of the original stadium. 

After placing the column into the prepared chalice, words of praise followed the project's progress and preparation and hopes for the successful continuation of the construction, which were delivered by the Mayor of the Statutory City of Pardubice, Mr. Martin Charvát, the Chairman of the FAČR (The Footbal Association of the Czech Republic), Mr. Petr Fousek and the Chairman of the FC, Mr. Vladimír Pitter. Mr. Dušan Čížek, a member of the Board of Directors of PORR a.s., expressed his gratitude to the client for awarding the contract using the Design&Build method, thanks to which we can build the stadium that we designed ourselves. "At the same time I want to express my great respect. Respect for the work that was built 90 years ago. So we tried to design a project that is as close as possible to the original building while meeting modern standards and requirements of both athletes and spectators," Čížek said.

Afterwards, the speakers symbolically tapped the sunken column.

Next stages of the project

The next stages of the project will include the construction of the prefabricated structures of the north, east and south stands and the installation of their steel roofing.  On the listed west stand, the challenging work of its structural securing will be completed and the construction of the masonry and monolithic structures will take place.

The laying of the turf, which will not only be irrigated but also heated to meet premier league standards, is planned for September 2022.

In January 2023, the new stadium should be handed over for use and in the spring of that year, not only the athletes but also their fans and spectators can look forward to playing in the brand new, revitalised stadium.

After the reconstruction, the stadium will have a capacity of 4,600 seats, including 600 in the historic west stand. This capacity can be increased if necessary.