After months or wrangling over the future of seven sporting plants, including the newly crowned Olympic swimming pool adjacent to the stadium, the comune has finally agreed on a plan. The public tender costing €110m was divided between Sogese, Uisp, Csi, 2000 Service, President Swimming and De Asker Team for a duration of 25 years.
The tender was released shortly after the new olympic pool was inaugurated – which incredibly, took 13 years to complete and costing more than €10m. (see photos)
As part of the deal, the comune stipulated that the management teams must “install more energy efficient equipment and include better security for staff and clientele.”
The comune has set aside €2.5m for Sterlino, although with the closure of 50m pool after the summer season there is little news regarding the future opening of the pool. It’s thought a decision will be made by mid September. There are no doubts, however, as to the continuing activity of the indoor 25m pool.
Minister for Sport, Matteo Lepore was enthusiastic at reaching a final agreement.
“The conclusion of this deal will allow for unrivaled investment in each of the pool structures. Considering the 25 year period, we must plan ahead for the next generation for one of our city’s most important sporting arenas. For example, judging by Rio this summer where we had Bolognese athletes compete successfully, this investment is all the more vital.”