Compact archive May 18, 2006

Footbal national stadium should be at Letna

Large football stadium for large international matches like Europe Championship or Champions League. This dream appeared in minds of Czech football leaders ten years ago. After many proposals about size of the stadium and a place in Prague, new resolution of Prime Minister makes some things more clear, even when they are a little bit strange.

It is planned that the stadium will be at place of present stadium of FC Sparta at Letna. National stadium will be bigger than present club stadium which will be demolished. BUT. The stadium will have only 35 000 seats instead of 50 000, because of space, even if 50 000 is a minimum for stadiums Europe Championship or Champions League. So the stadium will be smaller than original planes, but cost will be same: 2-3,5 billions crowns. It has to be said that Sazka Arena had to cost mostly 5 billions. Now it seems that cost of this another project will be 15 billions.

Letna is easily reachable by cars but it hasn’t good access to metro, and some other places can look better. In ten years there was a suggestion for Strahov, Maniny, Eden, Kacerov, Letna, Strahov and New Butovice. Last suggestion was Vysocany, because it has good access to metro and there could be space for 50 000 seat stadium. This place is verified by concerts of Paul McCartney or Carlos Santana.

Stadium at Sparta could be built in 2010, it is promised by MP that state budget will give one billion crowns for infrastructure connected with building of the stadium. Today it is 14 days to elections.


Radio Free Europe in Prague will be moved

Radio Free Europe will have new building. Radio Free Europe broadcasts into Near East from building of Federal Assembly in a centre of Prague few meters from National museum and Wenceslas square.

It brings many problems, because an attack at World business centre in New York brought heavy safety measures as a prevention of terrorist attacks. It brings restrictions for a surrounding of Federal Assembly, for example closed road from Wenceslas square to Vinohrady quarter. Armoured vehicles and soldiers guarding the building can’t effectively protect the radio in centre of settled area, so a plan of dislocation was started months ago.

New building and a residence of Free Europe will be in quarter Hagibor, Prague 10. Minister of foreign affairs Cyril Svoboda gave a 1,17 million dollars check to representatives of Radio Free Europe in Washington. Broadcasting from new building could start in two years. The cost of new building and a removal will cost approximately 325 millions Czech crowns.

Police trained procedures at CzechTek

CzechTek, a biggest techno music convention was a disaster last year. Conflict between music fans and police ended with broken law and injuries at both sides. The police was heavily criticised for their procedures against techno fans, but the police wanted to protect illegally taken holdings.

Yesterday the police trained how to make whole police action much better. 1200 policemen and students of police school, trained new style of action. Student dressed as members of techno party behaved almost like as true members.

First innovation is a group of police negotiators who will walk among members of gathering and explained members that they are breaking law and instruct them that they can safely exit an area where they shouldn’t be. At the training techno-members didn’t allow any negotiation, so the police had to make standard measure with armoured police.

Second innovation is recording an incident. Police will record an incident from many cameras including a camera at police helicopter for identify break-rulers. This will also help co coordinate a measure.