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05-18-2012, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by ozo View Post
Hey, ult. Seeing you mention proposed arena of Yekaterinburg time and time again, I got to ask - how realistic is this aim to build this arena? With all these rumours of Avto even dropping out of KHL completely, it looks like a longsjot. What's the deal with the city as such? Why is there no money for hockey here, despite city having such s huge hockey traditions?
Well, because it was mentioned time and time again by the governor of Sverdlovsk region (well, now he's ex governor), also the hall is mentioned in a city development plan for the upcoming years. I'm not sure that Avto will drop from KHL, to me personally it looks like they're waiting for savior to be assigned to them by Putin to pump millions into the club (much like Rosneft and CSKA), rather than investing in it themselves. Hard to say.
But even if it's not about hockey, there is a realistic market need for a huge modern concert hall in such a big city, and I believe it will be built anyway, seeing as they have no troubles building skyscrapers which aren't any cheaper than arenas.

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