Olimpiysky, the Olympic Stadium from Kiev

By : Mark V | 6 Nov 2011 11:48 pm | Sport Arenas, Stadiums

The Olimpiysky stadium, also known as the Olympic Stadium from Kiev, is one of the largest in the world and its main purpose is to host the final of the Euro 2012 that’s going  to be held in Poland in Ukraine. After Euro 2012, it will function as a multi-use sports facility. It stands on the Cherepanov Hill, Pechersk Raion in Kiev,Ukraine.

Although Ukraine gained its independence in 1991, the stadium received its name 1996. A reconstruction of the stadium took place between 1997-1999 to fit the FIFA guidelines and in that time frame the capacity of the structure was reduced to 83,450. The stadium has also served as home ground for Dynamo Kiev even if the Lobanovsky stadium was the training ground.

After 1998 the stadium was getting even harder to be maintained.  The stadium was too big for Dynamo so it was decided that the Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium would serve as the team’s home ground. From that moment on the stadium functioned as a host for important football international matches and high-profile home games from FC Dynamo Kyiv.

Right now, the Olympic Stadium is the home ground of the Ukraine national football team and before its reconstruction it served as the official venue of the Ukrainian Cup final.

The new design of the stadium implied the demolition and the reconstruction of the lower tier to add a new west stand and many more features. The stand has a press box also known as the luxury box placed between two tiers. The roof covering the stadium was replaced with a new one that extends over the entire seating area and a 13 story high rise building was added to the west of the structure.

The work began on 1 December 2008 and it ended in 2011. It now has a capacity of 70.050 and it was officially opened by Viktor Yanukovych, the president of Ukraine on October 8,2011.

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