Ukraine Stadiums for Euro 2012

There were four stadiums in use in Ukraine for the Euro 2012 soccer championships. These are in the cities of Kiev, Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Lviv.

Olympic NSC Stadium, Kiev-population-2,820,000- address- 55 Velyka Vasylkivska street, Kyiv

This is basically a reconstruction of the stadium that was opened in 1923. It was also renovated in 1941, 1966, 1978, and 1999. The cost to renovate the grass-surfaced stadium is about U.S. $500 million. The stadium should have a capacity of about 69,000 when it’s completed with pitch dimensions of 104 metres long by 72 metres wide as well as a transparent roof. The Euro 2012 Final is scheduled to take place here.

The stadium was known as the Republican stadium throughout most of its life. However, it has also had several other names, over the years, such as Red Stadium of Trotsky, All-Ukrainian Stadium, and Central Stadium. It had a capacity of about 100,000 in 1967 when it was known as the Central Stadium.

The stadium was the home field of Dynamo Kiev until 1998. The ground was then used for international games as well as a few Dynamo matches and is still the home of the national team. The Ukrainian Cup final was also held here until going under reconstruction in 2008. The stadium sits in the centre of the city on the banks of the Dnieper River.

Donbass Arena, Donetsk-population-1,015,000-address- 189e Cheluskintsev Street, Donetsk 83048

The Donbass Arena was built between 2006 and 2009 and was officially opened in August of 2009 as the home field of local club Shakhtar Donetsk. The grass-surfaced stadium was built for about U.S. $ 400 million. The architect was ArupSport, who also designed the City of Manchester Stadium in England, Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, and the National stadium in Beijing, China. A Turkish company called ENKA was the general contractor.

The stadium looks like a flying saucer and holds 51,504 people for soccer. The pitch is 105 metres long by 68 metres wide. The pitch lies in the city centre and is located in the Lenin Comsomol Park. The stadium will be the host for group stage games as well as a quarterfinal and semi-final match. It will also be used for shows and concerts.

Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, population-1,453,000-address- 65 Plekhanivska Street, Kharkiv

This 41,411-capacity stadium was constructed in 1926 and is the home ground for local club FC Metalist Kharkiv. The stadium has been renovated several times over the years and now belongs in the Metalist City complex. Most local residents refer to it as the Spider Arena because the pillars look like the legs of a spider. It was named the Tractor Stadium from 1926 to 1940 and then the Dzerzhinets Stadium between 1940 and 1967. The renovations were completed in 2009 and the pitch is 105 metres long by 68 metres wide. The stadium also contains a shopping mall and a business centre that’s used as offices for many local companies.

New Stadium, Lviv-population-735,000-address Strijska Street – Kiltseva Street, Lviv

The stadium in Lviv hasn’t been officially named yet, but it was given the working name of Lemberg. Construction started in 2008 and is scheduled to be finished by July of 2011. The grass-surfaced ground is to be built for a cost of about €85 million and will have a capacity for about 33,500 fans. All seats will be covered and there will also be a VIP area. The pitch dimensions will be 105 metres long by 68 metres wide. The stadium is scheduled to host three group-stage matches. Part of the roof will be made transparent to let the sunlight in and the parking garage will be located under the stadium. The arena will have a concert-hall, restaurants, training centres, and administration offices. The new stadium will also be used by local clubs FC Karpaty/FC Lviv.

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