Part 1 of song festival stage overhaul to cost €23m

The estimated cost of the first round of Mezaparks Grand Stage reconstruction has increased to €23 million, while spectator capacity is to increase to 30,000, as Austris Mailitis and Juris Poga, the authors of the reconstruction project, said during a presentation of the project January 5.

The project is to be implemented before the 2018 National Song and Dance Festival, and the reconstruction will to commence at the beginning of summer, said Poga.

The first reconstruction phase will cost €23,176,157. Of this amount, 43 percent will be spent on reconstruction of the spectator area, 22 percent on equipment in the spectator area, 25 percent on transport infrastructure, and 10 percent on utility systems.

The first round of the reconstruction project was originally estimated to cost €18 million.

According to Poga, the estimate had to be raised as the original one was calculated back in 2009, and new regulations on Mezaparks neighborhood came into force in 2013.

The total area of the complex, 92,000 square meters, will increase by about 50,000 square meters.

Temporary wooden choir stands will be set up for the 2018 Song and Dance Festival, and the maximum number of choristers performing on the stage at a time will increase from 7,510 now to 9,802. The spectator area will increase to 22,197 square meters, and the seating capacity - from 23,000 now to 30,557 in 2018.

The project also envisages construction of four towers to improve lighting of the stage and radio and TV broadcasts, and new underground facilities will be built - public toilets, retail outlets, first aid rooms, and an information center.

According to the Riga City Council Property Department's Director Olegs Burovs, a tender for reconstruction of the Mezaparks Grand Stage will be announced on January 10. The winning bid will be selected by Easter.

The venue is of major importance as the home of the Latvian Song and Dance Festival, a legendary gathering every 5 years that is one of the cornerstones of Latvia's cultural and national identities.

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