Premier Emil Boc inaugurated the Cluj Arena last Saturday in Cluj-Napoca, a stadium that respects the latest European norms and that has more than 30,000 seats. Construction works started in 2009 and were handled by an 8-company consortium. Cluj Arena has a capacity of 30,335 seats and is part of the ‘Elite’ category of stadiums, respecting FIFA and UEFA standards. Unlike Bucharest’s National Arena, Cluj’s new stadium has an athletics track so it can host international athletics competitions. The stadium had a cost of EUR 35 M, VAT not included, the funds coming from the Cluj County Council and the Romanian government, the latter earmarking EUR 14 M for the construction.
“May this be an auspicious moment,” the head of government said when cutting the ribbon along with Alin Tise, the President of the Cluj County Council. Local officials, Cluj MPs, members of the County Council, Honourary President of the Romanian Athletics Federation Ioland Balas and high Church officials attended the ceremony.
“The inauguration of the Cluj Arena is a historical moment for the Romanian world of sports, for Cluj-Napoca. Cluj has a world-class arena, alongside Bucharest. It’s a great joy to see that Cluj’s major objectives are being accomplished one after the other. I’m excited and proud, as any Cluj resident, to see this achievement which is an example of partnership between the government and local authorities. That is the only way we can do it,” Emil Boc, who before being Prime Minister was the Mayor of Cluj, stated.
In her turn, the Minister of Regional Development and Tourism expressed her hope that the new arena will attract tourists by organizing sports competitions and shows. “The government’s interest is to put Romania’s tourism potential to good use,” Elena Udrea said.