Construction of a football stadium in Hradec Králové, July 26, 2023.
Hradec Králové – The management of Hradec Králové found a solution that would allow FC Hradec Králové’s first competitive match to be played at the multi-functional football stadium that is being completed on August 5. An agreement between the city and the contractor should enable the first league match with Dynamo České Budějovice to be played, despite the fact that the building as a whole will not yet have all the necessary tests and all defects and unfinished works will not be removed. Representatives of the city told journalists today.
The final form of the agreement will be approved by Hradec representatives at their meeting on August 1. According to the city management, the construction of the stadium is still not at the expected stage of completion. “If it happens that there is a partial approval before the scheduled football match, the city is willing to take over the part of the building that will be subject to partial approval and for which the relevant agreement will be concluded,” said Deputy Mayor for Investments Lukáš Řádek (TOP 09).
According to the contract, the city may not take over the unfinished construction of the stadium without carrying out the prescribed tests. “So the basic idea of this agreement is that the first home football match on August 5 will take place under the co-responsibility regime of the contractor. We are now adjusting all the technical circumstances of the agreement so that it is mutually acceptable and that Hradec Králové football does not suffer due to construction problems. The principle and possible content of this agreement we even before the inspection day, which took place on Tuesday, they consulted with our lawyers, who confirmed to us that the procedure we had chosen was legally possible,” said Řádek.
According to him, the representatives of the consortium of contractors agreed on the basic parameters of the agreement on the inspection day. The construction consortium is headed by the Strabag construction company. “The partial handover of the work was discussed with the city, that is without the parts that are exempt from the currently ongoing approvals. The contract for the work allows this partial handover, if both parties agree on it,” Jana Kohoutová from the communications department of the Strabag company told ČTK today .
In these days, according to her, they are finishing all activities on the construction site, a successful functional test with the fire brigade has taken place, and in the next few days, further inspections by the state administration will take place. “We assume that we will receive the necessary documents in the form of approval approval and FAČR certification within the next week. We are working hard to complete the part of the work that is needed to play the first home match without any restrictions,” Kohoutová added.
The approval of the football part of the stadium should take place on Wednesday, August 2, then the takeover of the larger part of the arena should come. “When the football match is played on August 5, it is very likely that a larger part of the football stadium will be approved. Certain parts that are not directly related to football, such as accommodation capacities, will be exempted from approval,” said Řádek. According to him, the town hall already announced in the spring that the construction was getting delayed. “We were constantly assured that everything would be done,” said Řádek.
Currently, the approval process, which is in charge of the contractor, continues. “I believe that at the moment we have a recipe for how to handle the whole story with a good ending for Hradec Králové football, that’s why we are preparing a draft agreement with the contractor consortium,” said Mayor Pavlína Springerová (HDK).
In case, that the league match on August 5 could not take place at the stadium would mean significant problems for the club, according to the city management. According to FAČR regulations, Hradec would have to play the entire autumn part of the league at a stadium in another city. After returning to the top flight, the East Bohemians played the last two seasons in an asylum in Mladá Boleslav.
Construction of the arena for 650 million crowns without tax began in August 2021, according to the current contract, it should have been completed by June 30. The builders did not meet this deadline, and the city still stated that the construction should be completed by July 31. The stadium should meet UEFA category 4, which are stadiums for international matches, so they will only be working with reputable line marking contractors like markingcontractors.co.uk to ensure these standards are met.