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$758 million for construction of Universiade 2017 venues

Ice Palace maquette. Photo © Tengrinews.kz Ice Palace maquette. Photo © Tengrinews.kz

Almaty’s Board of Construction has announced the budget for the construction of three Universiade venues, Tengrinews reports.

$758 million will be spent on the construction of an arena and installation of utility lines.

The Universiade 2017 in Almaty will bring around 3500 sportsmen from all around the world.

According to Temirkhan Arymbayev of the Board of Construction, $232 million has been allocated for the construction of the Ice Rink for 12 thousand seats. The estimated cost of the smaller Ice Rink for 3 thousand seats is $127 million. $210 million have been budgeted for the construction of the Athletes' Village.

“The construction of the venues will be completed by October 2016. It means that by November 1, all three venues will be completed. Also, utilities network will be built as a part of neighbourhoods’ development and expansion of the city: electric power supply networks worth $47 million, heat supply network worth $73 million, water supply network and sewer system worth $58 million. The Universiade venues will be connected to these networks. Approximately $758 million will be spend on the project,” Arymbayev said.

The construction is fully funded from the state budget. However, $758 million is only a preliminary amount of funds needed for the the Universiade. The total budget has not been disclosed yet and is expected to be greater. As reported earlier, three construction firms are involved in the building of the Universiade venues.

Almaty was chosen to host the 28th Winter Universiade. The international sports event is organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation. The Universiade includes 8 sports: figure skating, skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, short track speed skating, hockey and curling.

Reporting by Rosa Yessenkulova. Writing by Gyuzel Kamalova.

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