New National Stadium to Cost ISK 14.2 Billion

It will cost an estimated ISK 14.2 billion [$99.8 million; €92.1 million] to build Iceland’s new national stadium, RÚV reports.

The overall cost of the project is to be split between the state and the City of Reykjavík, but it has yet to be determined how the expense will be divided.

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The new stadium, intended to be ready for use by 2025, will be 19,000 sq m and accommodate 8,600 people for sporting events and 12,000 people for concerts. It will have facilities for handball and volleyball matches, basketball and football games, and more.

Location Chosen for New National Sporting Arena

The working committee for Iceland’s new national sporting arena has selected a location for the facility and it’s hoped that construction will begin at the end of 2023, RÚV reports. If everything goes to plan, the new arena will be ready for use some time in 2025.

The new national arena will be built between Laugardalsvöllur, the existing arena on the east side of Reykjavík, and Suðurlandsbraut. The working committee is currently writing a land-use plan that they expect to complete by March or April. The committee intends to present a detailed justification for the site selection and a report on the scope of construction in mid-December.

The next major step for the committee is to determine what the exact dimensions of the facility need to be in order to meet international requirements for hosting national sporting events. Once the square meterage has been established, the committee will be able to provide a reasonably accurate estimate for how much the arena will cost. The expense will be shared by both the city and the national government, although in what proportion is not yet clear.

Celebratory Atmosphere During Final “Big” Vaccine Day

Yesterday marked the final big vaccination day at the Laugardalshöll arena. Approximately 10,000 individuals were vaccinated, and healthcare workers were regaled with music.

Over 75% now fully vaccinated

In the final big push of the vaccination campaign, roughly 10,000 individuals showed up to the Laugardalshöll arena yesterday to receive jabs. According to Covid.is, 75.8% of Icelanders are now fully vaccinated, with a further 12.9% having received the first dose of their vaccine.

The atmosphere in the arena yesterday was festive. “It was quite the final spurt, after this big week. Having run out of AstraZeneca doses, we were forced to create a cocktail with AstraZeneca and Pfizer,” Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir, Head of Nursing at the Capital Area Healthcare Centre, stated in an interview with RÚV. Although the above-mentioned cocktail offers significant protection, a few opted to wait for the next shipment of AstraZeneca.

The unvaccinated can still register

As reported by RÚV, individuals waiting on their second dose of Pfizer will be called in over the next two Tuesdays. The same goes for those who have registered to receive the Janssen vaccine, and the authorities are also considering adding a small AstraZeneca day, as well. Those who have yet to be vaccinated can register through their respective healthcare providers or through the chat function on Heilsuvera.is.

Healthcare workers handling vaccinations will go on summer vacation from July 13 until August 17, and it has yet to be decided how vaccines will be administered after they return. However, a watershed moment will be reached soon when the makeshift vaccine centre at Laugardalshöll will be closed: “Yes, I expect so. Being here has been rather cosy. Really quite delightful, and the stadium managers deserve credit: they’ve been really helpful, and things have gone quite smoothly,” Ragnheiður Ósk stated.

Party into the evening

Despite the majority of Icelanders having been vaccinated, two individuals were diagnosed with COVID-19 this week. The two infections are related, and one of the individuals had already been vaccinated. Symptomatic individuals are encouraged to get tested, even if they are fully vaccinated, for they can still become infected and infect others. It is, however, highly unlikely that vaccinated individuals will become seriously ill.

Even though the final doses were administered at around 5 pm yesterday, healthcare workers who have administered vaccines at Laugardalshöll for the past weeks and months lingered in the arena. They convened to celebrate the success of their campaign and to watch a secret performer – who turned out to be Icelandic pop star Páll Óskar – step on stage (see accompanying photo above).