On Monday, 31 October, the management of Daugava Stadium decided to halt the use of the ice hall due to safety reasons.
This decision was made because multiple inspections carried out by the Construction State Control Bureau revealed serious problems with the ice hall’s security requirements. In addition, the ice hall’s private tenant – Sāgas fonds – has avoided providing inspectors with access to the building. Serious problems with the building’s electrical network were also discovered on 28 October.
«Unfortunately, we as the owner of the ice hall, we had no other choice than to close the building. You only need to look at the rusted roof structure to tell how safe it is. We also cannot avoid taking into account the warnings voiced by construction supervisors in regards to the overall safety of the building. The private tenant has been avoiding our proposals to resolve this matter lately. It is the responsibility of the stadium’s management to take care of its property, regardless of whether or not that property is rented out. We have tried writing and calling the private tenant, even coming to the ice hall with court bailiffs, but we were not allowed to enter to inspect the premises. Last week, the ice hall’s wiring caught on fire, which is yet another reason to close the building for the public,» – said board member of Daugava Stadium Elmars Martinsons.
BVKB performed multiple inspections and found deviations in mechanical strength and stability of the overall structure. Inspectors also found that the tenant had performed unsanctioned construction work within the ice hall – an additional level consisting of a load bearing structure consisting of steel structures columns and beams and concrete slab. Other problems with the building’s overall safety were uncovered as well.
On 12 April, BVKB ordered the owner of the ice hall to perform a full technical inspection of the ice hall by 12 July. In addition, the owner of the ice hall was ordered to measure the strength of the contact bars used in the building and calculate the allowed snow weight.
To perform the necessary monitoring tasks, Daugava Stadium hired Sāgas fonds. But the company could not access the ice hall in time to perform their duties.
In addition, supply of electricity was cut to the ice hall on 28 October. A later inspection revealed that the state of power lines was critical. Before the supply of electricity can re-commence, it is necessary to reconstruct the system used in the building and coordinate the installation with competent institutions, as reported by Daugava Stadium.
The ice hall remains closed for an indefinite period of time. Authorities plan to perform an in-depth inspection of the building, as well as hire independent experts and inform supervisory institutions about results.