Costa Rica Coffee Guide

High Court Oks New National Stadium

October 24, 2008

A court has given China a green light to build a new national stadium in La Sabana Park in western San José after rejecting appeal that had halted construction.

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) rejected arguments by former Culture Minister Guido Sáenz that the stadium would cause insufferable traffic jams and turn the park into a noisy, dirty and crime-ridden place.

The $73 million stadium, set to hold 35,000 people, is a gift from the Chinese government, billed as a symbol of friendship between the two nations, which established diplomatic relations in June 2007.

“It’s marvelous,” President Oscar Arias said in a statement. “We can finally construct the stadium that all Costa Ricans, and especially our youth, deserve.”

Sala IV stopped work on the stadium Oct. 6 while judges evaluated Sáenz’s claims.

The final ruling took just 11 days, far shorter than the average deliberation period.

A Chinese company is expected to begin construction on the stadium in November or December and finish by May 2010.

 

You may be interested

Slothy Sunday: Meet the sloth moms, released and thriving
Sloth Sundays
1758 views
Sloth Sundays
1758 views

Slothy Sunday: Meet the sloth moms, released and thriving

Rachael Griffiths / Toucan Rescue Ranch - September 27, 2020

This Sloth Sunday is dedicated to the released two-fingered sloth moms that have been prospering since being in Toucan Rescue Ranch’s…

Costa Rica reopens to key tourism market as it welcomes Mexican visitors
Costa Rica
1125 views
Costa Rica
1125 views

Costa Rica reopens to key tourism market as it welcomes Mexican visitors

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 26, 2020

Costa Rica will open its doors to the arrival of tourists from Mexico, after considering a drop in reported Covid-19…

Costa Rica tourism: What states might be allowed next? [updated]
Costa Rica
2286 views
Costa Rica
2286 views

Costa Rica tourism: What states might be allowed next? [updated]

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 26, 2020

Since September 1, Costa Rica has welcomed tourists from a growing number of U.S. states. According to Gustavo Segura, Costa…