The Danish studio Bjarke Ingels Group won the international architectural competition
Stara Zagora mayor Zhivko Todorov was born on 21 September 1981 in Stara Zagora. He graduated from the prestigious Romain Roland High School in his hometown with English and German language credentials and from Climent of Ochrid University of Sofia, specializing in European Studies. He has worked as an expert in EU project preparation and management with the Municipal Council of Stara Zagora and the Stara Zagora District Administration. In October 2011 he became mayor of the city of Stara Zagora for the first time following regional elections. In October 2019 Todorov was granted a third consecutive term, having won the local vote in the first round.