Minsk Mayor Andrei Shorets has said that the Belarusian capital city’s Dinamo Stadium will reopen on June 21.
The venue has been closed since October 2012 to allow construction workers to carry out a major redevelopment project at the site ahead of Minsk’s hosting of the 2019 European Games multi-sport event.
Speaking to journalists at the weekend, Shorets said work should be finished by May 31, with the majority of the project already complete.
Construction teams are still working on interior finishing, while the front stained glass windows are being mounted and the playing field will soon be installed. In addition, workers at the site are finishing off irrigation and heating systems.
“The work is organised in three shifts; up to 1,500 people work here depending on the time of day,” Shorets said, according to BelTA.
“We have gathered here all the city’s building resources, part of which got free after the project to build the Palace of Gymnastics was over. Some facilities have already been finished.
“The main focus today is on the stadium’s pitch. I think we will start laying the grass down soon.”
Dinamo Stadium was last updated ahead of the 1980 summer Olympic Games, which took place in the Russian capital of Moscow, but the venue was used to stage football matches as Belarus was still part of the Soviet Union.
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