Romania’s richest Ion Tiriac inaugurated on Wednesday at Otopeni the EUR 3.6 million ice rink built from its own funds, capital.ro informs.
The ice rink, the first built in the Ilfov-Bucharest area in the last 64 years, is currently the only operating after the ‘Mihai Flamaropol’ arena was demolished. Telekom Arena is the first private Olympic rink in Bucharest-Ilfov area.
“This rink is just a small drop in a sea of Romanian sport. It’s not sophisticated,” Romanian businessman and former professional tennis and ice hockey player, Ion Tiriac, stated. The public access will be allowed in the first quarter of 2017.
The new arena is covering approximately 20 hectares and has 500 seats but it can be expanded in the future to 1000, as well as 70 parking places.
The ice rink will operate 12 months a year and will receive children of 5-6 yo and all those who want to skate, as well as the artistic skating athletes and hockey professional clubs.
The sports centre in Otopeni will also have 25 tennis courts and maybe an arena for hosting BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in the future, the tennis tournament being moved to Budapest for two years due to the closure of BNR Arenas.
Ion Tiriac will build here a stadium with athletics track and also a sports kindergarten, a new concept which will be implemented by the Romanian tycoon.