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Latvia – First indoor hall outside Riga opens its doors

A brand-new football hall has been officially opened in the city of Rēzekne, in the heart of the Latgale region.

Vadims Ļašenko with the mayor of Rēzekne, Aleksandrs Bartaševičs
Vadims Ļašenko with the mayor of Rēzekne, Aleksandrs Bartaševičs LFF

The 64x43m pitch inside an air-supported dome becomes the fourth covered football structure in Latvia and the first outside the capital, Riga. It is also the first covered small-size pitch in Latvia. The facility was built in close cooperation with the local municipality.

This hall is the first of seven planned in various locations over four years as part of the Latvian Football Federation’s football development programme. A full-size covered football hall in Liepāja will be opened later this year.

“Football infrastructure is the foundation for further development of the game in Latvia. Recent years have made it possible to open many new pitches in various places around the country, but infrastructure is still insufficient, especially during the winter months. Therefore, it is our mission and commitment to resolve this problem during the next four years. We want to empower our clubs with the best possible conditions for development and give our young players a comfortable environment to enjoy this beautiful game,” said the federation’s president, Vadims Ļašenko.

This article originally appeared in UEFA Direct 197