Costa Rican court OKs stadium
A high court gave China a green light Friday to construct a new national stadium in La Sabana Park on San José´s western edge.
The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) rejected arguments by former Culture Minister Guido Sáenz that the stadium would cause insufferable traffic jams and turn the park into a noisy, dirty and crime-ridden place.
The $73 million stadium, capacity 35,000 people, is a gift from the Chinese government, meant to be a symbol of friendship between the two nations, who established diplomatic relations in June 2007.
“It´s marvelous,” President Oscar Arias said in a statement. “We can finally construct the stadium that all Costa Ricans, and especially our youth, deserve.”
The Sala IV stopped work on the stadium Oct. 6 while judges evaluated Sáenz´s claims. The final ruling took just 11 days, far shorter than the average deliberation period of two months.
A Chinese company is expected to begin construction on the stadium in November or December and finish by May 2010, when Arias´ term ends.
You may be interested
Costa Rica dismantles international drug trafficking ringAFP - May 24, 2018
Costa Rican authorities dismantled an international cocaine trafficking ring that used fishing boats on the country's southern Pacific coast. The…
Costa Rica’s snakebite research pioneers save lives worldwideMitzi Stark - May 23, 2018
The Clodomiro Picado Institute is spread along the main road of Dulce Nombre de Coronado, northeast of San José. Its…
Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean BushbyEllen Zoe Golden - May 22, 2018
A three-part look at adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I here to learn how a Central Pacific coach is…