Internal government auditors recently discovered millions were misspent to increase capacity levels at airports. And millions more were spent on projects unrelated to soccer, like building ice rinks and a heliport located 143 kilometers from the nearest host city.
But after seeing the deplorable state of Ukraine’s pothole-ridden roads and highways this month, the nation couldn’t help but ask whether Euro 2012 was worth it. About $4 billion alone was spent on just 3,454 kilometers of roads, according to the government’s Euro 2012 action plan. By comparison, 153,000 kilometers require repairs. Kyiv, whose annual budget hovers around $2 billion, alone needs $2.5 billion.
Auditors, moreover, found that Kyiv’s refurbished Boryspil Airport hadn’t exceeded 32 percent capacity after Euro 2012. Lviv’s airport – a top tourist destination – hadn’t surpassed 8 percent capacity and Donetsk, where $896 million was spent, operated at just 10 percent capacity.