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Tallinn prepares for the European Capital of Sport year in 2025

Tallinn prepares for the European Capital of Sport year in 2025

Tallinn is gearing up for major investments in sports ahead of its designation as the European Capital of Sport in 2025. According to the city’s budget proposal for the next year, the largest investment in sports will be allocated to the renovation of Kadriorg Stadium, along with initiatives to expand exercise and sports facilities throughout the city.

Deputy Mayor Tiit Terik announced a budget allocation of 23.2 million euros for sports and physical activities, along with 5.6 million euros for investments in this area. “Tallinn is a center of sporting activities in Estonia, with numerous international competitions held here annually. It's important to encourage healthy and active lifestyles, so we're continuing to enhance a variety of opportunities for physical activities and sports to ensure our residents have ample options for active leisure,” stated Terik.

“These efforts are also a crucial part of our preparations for 2025, when Tallinn will become the European Capital of Sport. Starting next year, we will launch a city-wide initiative to construct sports facilities in each district. The design phase for these projects is set to begin in the spring, with the goal of opening new, publicly accessible sports facilities in all eight districts,” added the Deputy Mayor.

To achieve these objectives, the city will develop and support organized sports activities in both recreational and competitive sports, in collaboration with national and local sports organizations. This support extends to various sports projects and associations, private sports centres, and both local and international sports competitions and events.

The most significant investment in the sports sector will be the complete renovation of Kadriorg Stadium, with design work already underway. An amount of 5.1 million euros is budgeted for the upcoming year. The design phase is expected to be completed in 2024, followed by the construction of the main arena and grandstands.

The budget also includes funds for minor works in sports facilities.

The 2024 budget for the city of Tallinn, totaling 1.26 billion euros, is subject to approval by the City Council. This amount represents an increase of 79.5 million euros, or 6.7%, compared to the adjusted budget for 2023.