“I don’t rule out that the regional council could propose selling
this stadium. If someone wants to autocratically manage the stadium as a
private person, then, please, there’s its cost. We’ll make the
calculation openly and publicly, put it up for sale, and let someone buy
it. This is a facility, and this is not the same thing as the Metalist
football club,” Dobkin said at a press conference on Friday, while
commenting on an appeal sent by Kharkiv City Council to Kharkiv Regional
Council with a request to transfer the Metalist Stadium to the
municipal ownership of the city.
Dobkin recalled that the stadium was a municipally owned facility and
that it had been reconstructed using the funds of not only a private
investor, but also the budgets of different levels.
“Every municipally owned facility should be managed as effectively as
possible… If the Metalist Stadium can currently bring in a profit, it
would be absolutely wrong to not take advantage of this. Who does this –
FC Metalist, the region or the city – is already a matter of internal
arrangements,” he said.