The project to deliver a new national stadium for Lithuania in the capital city Vilnius has entered its next stage with the award of a construction permit.
Located on the Šeškinė Hill site, the multi-functional complex will be anchored by a 15,000-seat stadium, with 15 other sports facilities due to be provided including an athletics track, six basketball courts, three football training grounds, handball, gymnastics and boxing halls.
The new complex will include a sports museum, cultural and educational centre, library, as well as a kindergarten, which has been identified as a pressing need for Vilnius. The permit that has been issued is for the construction of the stadium, plus the sports museum that will be located within it.
The construction of the stadium and museum is the first phase of the project, with work on the cultural centre, associated sports facilities and kindergarten due to start at the end of the year. All aspects of the venture are due to be delivered at the same time in 2025.
A park is also due to be developed around the stadium, which along with community benefits is envisioned to help suppress noise from the venue.
Šarūnas Stepukonis, head of project concessionaire UAB “Vilniaus daugiafunkcis kompleksas”, said: “This is another big step that has been taken in order to have a multifunctional complex in Vilnius in the near future. The received construction permit will allow the construction of the National Stadium to begin next month.”
Work commenced in January 2022 to deliver a new national stadium for Lithuania through the demolition of a previously aborted project in Vilnius that had been labelled a “national disgrace”.
The demolition of the unfinished stadium paved the way for the new venue to rise in its place.
Construction of the original National Stadium started in 1987, but was suspended six years later. In 2008, a further €33m (£28.5m/$35.2m) was invested into the project only for it to be stopped again in 2015 after the Public Procurement Office (VPT) declared its tender illegal.