They were originally submitted for Thursday’s meeting for information only, but Deputy Mayor Štěpán Štrébl (Pirates) submitted amendments, the adoption would declare the stadium’s interest in selling and instruct the city council to negotiate the buyout. They were not approved. The vote was preceded by a debate of more than two hours.
The town hall deals primarily with Louda, who became the owner of the second league club in January. However, the negotiations have stalled recently, according to the town hall Louda insists on a sale without clear guarantees of maintaining the sports function. The owner of the club rejects the offer of the city district for the long-term lease of land with a stadium supplemented by a public subsidy of 25 million crowns for reconstruction.
“All I want from you is a clear answer, yes or no,” Louda said at the meeting today. He added that he would agree to a lease for 25 years per crown a year if he believed that the town hall would be able to take care of the stadium. “It is clear from the present that you will not be able to do this and never will, because history has repeated it,” he told the city council.
Mayor Jiří Ptáček (TOP 09) said that the sale would be willing to consider the assumptions that it would guarantee the use of the land for sports for a longer period of time. Now, however, according to the mayor, the club’s offer requires it only until 2025. According to Louda, this is due to the fact that the club will then build a new stadium.
The mayor said that the new offer after this period does not guarantee that the new stadium will stand in the same place as the existing one. “If the offer was that by 2025 and then you would build a stadium there in that place, in that Seifertka, then the debate would be different. But the offer totally, “said Ptáček.
Louda became the owner of the club in January, the offer to buy was submitted to the town hall in September. Thanks to an exception, Žižkov plays home matches of the second league in Prosek, because the obsolete complex in Seifertova Street does not meet the conditions for a professional license. However, he will not receive another exception if the reconstruction of his stadium does not begin. According to the club owner, the solution to the problem is in a hurry, because the club could lose its license.
After the meeting today, Louda stated that in January, the club of the Football Association of the Czech Republic must share what the stadium will play. “So I assume that (town hall) will comment on our offer immediately and we will adjust it by mutual agreement. Alternatively, the town hall will come up with its own solution proposal and secure the license itself, exactly as it is in the lease agreement, “he said. He added that the city district had lost three months and the ball was on its side. “It’s time to say how to adjust our offer or submit an official counter-proposal,” he said.
The city district had problems with previous club owners. She also sued the club over the unpaid rent. According to earlier statements by the mayor, the new owner paid all debts to the city district. The stadium is managed by the city district, its real owner is, as with all city property, the capital. If Prague 3 had agreed with the club on the sale, it would have to be approved by the Prague-wide council.