Astana Arena

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Astana Arena
Astana Arena (inside interior).JPG
View from the Southeast stands.
Location Astana, Kazakhstan
Coordinates 51°6′29″N 71°24′6″E / 51.10806°N 71.40167°E / 51.10806; 71.40167
Opened July 3, 2009
Owner Municipality of Astana
Operator FC Astana
Surface Artificial turf
Construction cost $ 185 million[1]
Architect Populous + Tabanlioglu Architects[2]
Structural engineer Buro Happold[2]
Main contractors Sembol Construction[2]
Capacity 30,000[3]
Tenants
FC Astana
FC Bayterek
7th Asian Winter Games Opening Ceremony
Kazakhstan national football team

The Astana Arena (Kazakh: Астана Арена) is a football stadium in Astana, Kazakhstan. The stadium holds 30,000 and has a retractable roof. It is serves as the national stadium for Kazakhstan national football team. Astana Arena is the second largest stadium in the country and it was built from 2006 to 2009 at a cost of $185 million, and was officially opened on July 3, 2009. It is also a home ground for the FC Astana of the Kazakhstan Premier League and the FC Bayterek of the Kazakhstan First Division. The stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the 7th Asian Winter Games on January 31, 2011.[4] Astana Arena is one of the venues to bid to host Euro 2020 matches.[5]

History[edit]

Construction of the Astana Arena began in 2006. The stadium designed by leading sports architects Populous in association with Tabanlioglu Architects.[2] The general contractor was a Sembol Construction. It was opened with the Lokomotiv Astana match against Kazakhstan national under-21 football team on July 3, 2009. Match judged famous Italian referee Pierluigi Collina, the symbolic first blow at the ball under his whistle struck the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. As part of each team, in addition to their regular players, were invited on two “stars”: in the youth national team of Kazakhstan – the of Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze and Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko, and in the Locomotiv Astana – Turkish players Hasan Sas and Hakan Shukur.

On January 31, 2011, Astana Arena hosted the opening ceremony of the 7th Asian Winter Games.[6]

Characteristics[edit]

View from the back side.

The 30,000-seat stadium was conceived as a large amphitheater with a distinctive and instantly recognizable form when viewed from a distance and from close proximity. Essentially a two·tiered structure, the lower terrace, accommodating 16,000 seats, encircles the playing area while the upper stand on the east and west sides seats a further 14,000 spectators. There is effective separation of VIPs, spectators and players to ensure smooth access. All spectators are seated and have a clear sight line with an unobstructed view of the field of play. The playing surface is covered in high quality grass surface specified to meet FIFA and UEFA criteria. The grass can be covered for other events.

Design[edit]

The stadium, designed on an elliptic form, is constructed on a 232,485 m² (330m x 704.5m) rectangular site. The design introduces innovative solutions adopting high technology principles for operational management, interaction with the environment and especially with harsh climatic conditions of the geography.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sembol’s $185m Astana stadium opens". kazworld.info. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Astana Arena – Kazakhstan Stadium Building". e-architect.co.uk. March 6, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "First Division Clubs in Europe" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ Jena Isle (January 31, 2011). "The 7th Asian Winter Games 2011 Opening Ceremony in Astana, Kazakhstan". BatangasToday.com. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Astana bidding to host UEFA matches in 2020". TengriNews.kz. September 21, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Astana’s new stadium ready to host games". Hurriyet.com.tr. July 7, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 

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