Builders Threaten Not to Complete Championship Stadium Unless Bratislava Pays Up

Head of the City of Bratislava investment arm warned city deputies that construction of the stadium for the 2011 IIHF World Championship would stop unless the city brought its payments to the builders up to date.

The Ondrej Nepela Arena is undergoing reconstruction to accommodate about 10,000 spectators in April and May 2011 during the ice hockey championship.

Jarmila Tvrdá, the director of Generálny Investor Bratislavy told the daily Plus 1 deň (article in Slovak) that she received a letter with a 10-day ultimatum from Ingsteel, the company commissioned for the construction works. The weekly quoted Deputy Mayor Milan Cílek as saying the city had paid all but one invoice worth about a million euros.

He said the city had received less than budgeted from sales of property, which it had intended to use to finance the works but was going to cover the costs from a bank loan once city deputies approved it.

Igor Nemeček, head of the Organizing Committee was quoted as saying the committee was aware of the difficulties.