YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Republican Stadium might not open by this September–Stadium Director Misha Minasian told Noyan Tapan. He added that about 65% of construction work has been completed–which cost a total of $1,620,000. $150,000 were donated by individuals and organizations and the remaining money was granted by the Football Federation of Armenia and the UEFA. According to Minasian–an additional $1 million is needed to complete the construction project as scheduled.
The Republican Stadium was constructed between the years of 1946 and 1948. An attempt to reconstruct the stadium was made in 1995–but the project was not continued because of the lack of funds. Construction resumed last September upon the initiative of Souren Abrahamian–the former mayor of Yerevan and President of the Football Federation of Armenia.