Arena Petrol

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Arena Petrol
Arena Petrol 2013.jpg
Full name Football Stadion Celje Arena Petrol
Location Lower Hudinja
Celje
 Slovenia
Coordinates 46°14′48″N 15°16′12″E / 46.24667°N 15.27000°E / 46.24667; 15.27000
Built 2003, completed in 2008
Opened 12 September 2003
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Capacity 13,006[1]
Record attendance 10,055
Field size 105 × 68 metres
Tenants
Celje (2003–)
Slovenia national football team (2004–2013)
Šampion (2011–)

Arena Petrol is a football stadium in Celje, Slovenia. It is the home ground of NK Celje, and from 2011 is also home ground of NK Šampion Celje. It was also the home ground for Slovenian national football team for their international home matches from 2004 until 2013.

At the time of its opening Arena Petrol was the most modern football stadium in the country.[2] It takes its name from its principal sponsor, the Slovenian oil company Petrol. The stadium opened on 12 September 2003 with its single stand giving it a capacity of 3,601.[1] During the next years three additional stands were built until the stadium was completed in 2008 with the capacity of 13,006 seats; 6,556 of which are covered.[1] The pitch in the stadium is 105 metres long and 68 metres wide and covered with natural grass. The stadium also features a pitch heating system and floodlighting.

In 2004, the stadium replaced the Bežigrad Stadium as the venue for all competitive home matches of the Slovenian national football team. In 2003 it replaced the former stadium of Celje Football Club, the Skalna Klet, which now serves as training facility for members of the first team, and team sometimes plays friendly match.

Stands[edit]

  • Main stand (3,601 seats)[1]
  • West stand (4,884 seats)[1]
  • North stand (2,981 seats)[1]
  • South stand (1,540 seats)[1]

National team matches[edit]

Date Competition Country Result Attendance
31 March 2004 Friendly  Latvia 0–1 2,300
4 September 2004 2006 FIFA World Cup Q  Moldova 3–0 4,000
9 October 2004 2006 FIFA World Cup Q  Italy 1–0 9,250
9 February 2005 Friendly  Czech Republic 0–3 4,000
26 March 2005 Friendly  Germany 0–1 9,200
30 March 2005 2006 FIFA World Cup Q  Belarus 1–1 8,000
3 September 2005 2006 FIFA World Cup Q  Norway 2–3 10,055
12 October 2005 2006 FIFA World Cup Q  Scotland 0–3 9,000
31 May 2006 Friendly  Trinidad and Tobago 3–1 2,500
15 August 2006 Friendly  Israel 1–1 3,000
7 October 2006 UEFA Euro 2008 Q  Luxembourg 2–0 3,000
28 March 2007 UEFA Euro 2008 Q  Netherlands 0–1 9,520
2 June 2007 UEFA Euro 2008 Q  Romania 1–2 8,000
12 September 2007 UEFA Euro 2008 Q  Belarus 1–0 4,000
13 October 2007 UEFA Euro 2008 Q  Albania 0–0 4,000
21 November 2007 UEFA Euro 2008 Q  Bulgaria 0–2 3,600
19 November 2013 Friendly  Canada 1–0 2,500

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Arena Petrol" (in Slovene). fotoultras. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nogometni stadion Arena Petrol" (in Slovene). 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 

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