Prime Minister Boyko Borisov rejected plans to build a new national stadium, claiming such an investment would make no sense at this point. Most events, he says, can be hosted by new indoor hall.
In an interview for private TV station TV7, Borisov was adamant that Bulgaria needed no new stadium given that football league matches were sometimes attended by 80 to 100 fans. According to Borisov this is not the right time to spend 40, 50 or even 100 million leva (€50 million) for a venue that is not a necessity.
Even more, Borisov fears that if a stadium gets built, it will stand empty most of the time like the new one in Bucharest, indicated as a bad example.
Bulgaria's Prime Minister said that Arena Armeetz hosted a number of races and concerts and managed to attract a substantial audience. Sofia's Arena Armeetz, which seats up to 12 000 visitors for sports events and up to 18 000 visitors for concerts was inaugurated in end-July 2011.
One year ago, Sports Minister Svilen Neykov announced that Bulgaria's new national stadium would be built in Sofia's Vrazhdebna residential district.
In May 2011, Finance Minister Simeon Djankov said that the government was ready to spend BGN 140 M on a new national stadium or on the repair of the existing one, without specifying where the money would come from.
The idea for the construction of a new national stadium was first brought up in the autumn of 2009, when Neykov said that the government planned to start the construction of a new national stadium that would meet international standards for hosting football matches after the completion of the sports arena.