Arena Națională

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For the old stadium, see Stadionul Național (1953).
Arena Națională
Stadionul National - National Arena 3.jpg
Location 37 Basarabia Blvd., Sector 2, Bucharest, Romania
Coordinates 44°26′13.95″N 26°09′09.03″E / 44.4372083°N 26.1525083°E / 44.4372083; 26.1525083Coordinates: 44°26′13.95″N 26°09′09.03″E / 44.4372083°N 26.1525083°E / 44.4372083; 26.1525083
Owner Municipality of Bucharest
Executive suites 42
Capacity 55,634 (football)[1]
Record attendance 53,329 (Romania-Netherlands, 16 October 2012)
Field size 105 x 68m[2]
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 20 February 2008
Opened 6 September 2011
Construction cost 234,5 million[3]
Tenants
Romania national football team
Dinamo București
Steaua București
Website
Official website

The National Arena (Romanian: Arena Națională) is a football stadium in Bucharest, Romania, in the Lia Manoliu National Sports Complex. It is replacing the former National Stadium, which was completed in 1953.

It was built for the Romania national football team, therefore is hosting its games, as well as the Romanian Cup Final and the Romanian Supercup. The 2012 UEFA Europa League Final was held at the new stadium. This was the first final of a major European football club competition hosted by Romania.[4] UEFA has announced that the UEFA Euro 2020 Finals would be held in multiple cities all over Europe in a pan-European tournament format to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the tournament. On September 19, 2014 Bucharest has won the UEFA Euro 2020 bids and it was decided that the National Arena will host four matches (as part of the 'Standard Package'), consisting of three group stage matches + one round of 16/quarter-final match.

Construction[edit]

The old stadium was demolished between December 18, 2007 and February 20, 2008, although a symbolic removal of seats took place on November 21, 2007, after Romania defeated Albania 6-1 in a qualifying match for Euro 2008.

The construction phase generated some controversy over costs and delays, with Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu claiming that the works were 20 weeks behind schedule in May 2009.[5] On October 8, 2009, it was decided that the stadium should also include a retractable roof worth €20,000,000.[6]

Construction was temporarily halted in December 2009 due to unfavorable weather conditions.[7]

Facilities[edit]

The venue holds 55,611 people. 3,600 VIP seats are available, with another 126 seats allotted for the press (with a possible expansion to 548 seats). The stadium includes some 360 restrooms and a retractable roof, which can be opened or closed in 15 minutes. It is also endowed with a floodlight system and 2100 parking spaces.[8]

A panoramic view of the stadium

Usage[edit]

The National Stadium is a Category 4 venue and as such, it hosted the UEFA Europa League 2011–12 final, as announced by UEFA at Nyon on January 29, 2009.[9] It was required to host at least two major events beginning in July 2011, one with an attendance of 10,000 and the second with an attendance of at least 40,000.[8]

History[edit]

Romania-France opening match

The official inauguration was initially scheduled for August 10, 2011, and was to feature a football match between Romania and Argentina.[10]

However on 26 July, Argentina officially cancelled the friendly match after their coach was fired, so the stadium was inaugurated on September 6, 2011, with a UEFA Euro 2012 Group D qualifier match between Romania and France.[11] The game ended 0–0 in front of a crowd of 49,137.

Notable high audience matches[edit]

The highest audience for a football game was achieved at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match between Romania and Netherlands, hosted on 16 October 2012, which brought 53,329 people to the stadium.[12][13]

The 2nd highest audience was achieved at the UEFA Europa League Final hosted on 9 May 2012. The game between the two Spanish teams, Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, brought 52,347 people to the stadium.[14]

Association Football[edit]

Concerts[edit]

Concerts at Arena Națională
Date Artist Tour Attendance
31 August 2012 United States Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You World Tour 47,000
15 May 2013 United Kingdom Depeche Mode Delta Machine Tour 34,729

Transport[edit]

The stadium is served by public transport with buses, trolleybuses, trams and the subway system.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Am cucerit Europa şi-n tribune! » Steaua - Chelsea a fost urmărit de cei mai mulţi suporteri dintre meciurile din optimile Europa League
  2. ^ Finalizarea Arenei Naționale
  3. ^ Național Arena costa 119 milioane de euro și a ajuns la 234!
  4. ^ "Naţional Arena - primul stadion din România care va găzdui o finală de cupă europeană" (in Romanian). Mediafax. 29 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Oprescu atacă: "Lucrările la stadionul 'Național' sunt în întârziere cu 20 de săptămâni"" (in Romanian). Prosport. 22 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Stadionul Național va avea acoperiș retractabil de 20 milioane euro" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 14 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Oprescu: "Stadionul Național va fi gata în decembrie 2010!"" (in Romanian). 
  8. ^ a b "TRIMIŞI AI FORULUI DE LA NYON AU FOST ACUM DOUĂ SĂPTĂMÎNI LA BUCUREŞTI » Ultimatum UEFA" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 14 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "2012 final: National Stadium, Bucharest". UEFA. 
  10. ^ "De acum e sigur, România - Argentina se va juca pe 11 august 2011" (in Romanian). GSP TV. 26 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Mircea Sandu: "Facem inaugurarea stadionului Național cu Franța"" (in Romanian). Evenimentul Zilei. 30 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Mircea Sandu: "Facem inaugurarea stadionului Național cu Franța"" (in Romanian). Evenimentul Zilei. 30 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Romania vs Netherlands - 16 octombrie 2012 - Soccerway". Ro.soccerway.com. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  14. ^ a b Atlético Madrid - Athletic Bilbao
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  34. ^ Cupa în Ştefan cel Mare! Cronica finalei Dinamo - Rapid 1-0 scrisă de Cristian Geambaşu » Dinamoviada. Sau Bonettiada?
  35. ^ Un regal în plină vară » Dinamo a învins la penalty-uri CFR Cluj şi a cucerit Supercupa României
  36. ^ 2012–13 Romanian Liga I
  37. ^ Match
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  40. ^ 11 August 2012 Match
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  42. ^ Romania vs. Andorra - 11 September 2012 - Soccerway
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  44. ^ Steaua Bucureşti vs. Rapid Bucureşti - 24 September 2012 - Soccerway
  45. ^ Dinamo Bucureşti vs. Pandurii Târgu Jiu
  46. ^ Fanii Stelei: numărul 1 în Europa League! » Cifra oficială, anunţată de UEFA, a spectatorilor prezenţi la meciul cu Copenhaga: 48.694
  47. ^ Romania-CFR Cluj
  48. ^ Romania-Olanda
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  50. ^ mediafax.ro
  51. ^ "VIDEO Stăpînii fiordurilor » Steaua s-a impus şi în meciul cu Molde (2-0) şi e tot mai aproape de primăvara europeană". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 26 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  52. ^ "VIDEO Derby de Rusescu » Steaua s-a impus în Derby, 3-1, însă arbitrul i-a dat o mînă de ajutor". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 5 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  53. ^ Dinamo Bucureşti vs. FC Vaslui
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  55. ^ Prosport
  56. ^ Dinamo Bucureşti vs. Oțelul
  57. ^ Steaua vs. Ajax
  58. ^ VIDEO Trei puncte la clasa economic » Steaua a răpus coşmarul Gaz Metan: 3-0!
  59. ^ Steaua vs. Chelsea
  60. ^ Steaua Bucuresti vs. Vaslui 1-0 - soccerway.com
  61. ^ Dinamo Bucureşti vs. Astra Giurgiu - soccerway.com
  62. ^ Dinamo Bucureşti vs. U.Cluj - soccerway.com
  63. ^ Steaua Bucuresti vs. Petrolul Ploiesti - soccerway.com
  64. ^ Dinamo Bucureşti vs. Gaz Metan - soccerway.com
  65. ^ Steaua Bucuresti vs. Pandurii - soccerway.com
  66. ^ Dinamo Bucureşti vs. Ceahlăul - soccerway.com
  67. ^ Dinamo Bucureşti vs. Steaua Bucuresti - soccerway.com
  68. ^ Steaua Bucureşti vs. FC Braşov - prosport.ro
  69. ^ Romania vs. Trinidad and Tobago - Soccerway
  70. ^ Steaua vs. Petrolul - soccerway.com
  71. ^ Astra vs. Domžale - soccerway.com
  72. ^ Steaua vs. Vardar - soccerway.com
  73. ^ Astra vs. Omonia Nicosia - soccerway.com
  74. ^ Dinamo Bucureşti vs. Vaslui - soccerway.com
  75. ^ Steaua vs. Dinamo Tbilisi - soccerway.com
  76. ^ Astra Giurgiu vs. Trenčín - soccerway.com
  77. ^ fcdinamo.ro
  78. ^ Romania vs. Slovakia - soccerway.com
  79. ^ Steaua vs. Legia Warsaw - soccerway.com
  80. ^ Romania vs. Hungary - gsp.ro
  81. ^ Romania vs. Turkey - soccerway.com
  82. ^ Dinamo vs. Petrolul - soccerway.com
  83. ^ Steaua vs. ACS Poli - soccerway.com
  84. ^ Steaua vs. Chelsea - soccerway.com
  85. ^ frf.ro
  86. ^ soccerway.com
  87. ^ Steaua vs. Basel - soccerway.com
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  89. ^ Steaua vs. Astra - soccerway.com
  90. ^ soccerway.com

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Aviva Stadium
Dublin
UEFA Europa League
Final Venue

2012
Succeeded by
Amsterdam Arena
Amsterdam