The National Stadium or “National Arena” is a brand new football stadium from Bucharest, Romania, designed by Max Bogl and finished in the summer of 2011. The stadium was built on the site of the former National Stadium, which was completed in 1953 and demolished in 2007 to make room for this lovely stadium.
Romania’s new National Stadium is an UEFA Category 4 stadium and will host the 2012 UEFA Europa League final and probably many other events as well. The venue will be able to hold 55,600 people but with a potential expansion to 63,000 people. It has 3,600 VIP seats, and another 126 seats for the press, with a possible expansion to 548 seats.
It’s construction cost was apparently € 234 million after it was decided that the stadium should also include a retractable roof worth € 20 million back in 2009. The retractable roof can be opened/closed in just 15 minutes but that’s not the only attraction of this stadium.
Even though it’s design is rather classic, all the seats from the stadium were finished in Romania’s flag colors for a great visual effect. There’s also a floodlight system in the same national colors, a massive screen and many other features that make this stadium worth every single penny.
The stadium will be officially inaugurated on September 6, 2011, with a game between Romania and France, a qualifier for Euro 2012.