30.05.2012 09.Siwan. 5772
City councillor balks at ballooning price, expresses doubts that Jerusalem needs sports complex.
Mayor Nir Barkat promised Jerusalem’s new 10,600-seat basketball arena will be finished in time to host the 19th Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem next summer, during a tour of the future sports complex.
The complex will also include an Olympi-csize swimming pool, Israel’s biggest skating rink and 12,000 square feet of commercial and office space. The first stage of construction of the arena, which will be called Lotto Hall after the Mifal Hapais lottery, is expected to open mid-2013. In the first stage, about half of the seating will be completed, but the arena will be available for sporting events such as the Maccabiah Games and the European U-21 Cup, which the arena will host in the summer of 2013. The structure will be completely finished in April 2014….