Bannikov Stadium

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Educational-Training Complex of the Ukrainian Football Federation – V.M. Bannikov
Bannikov Stadium
Bannikov Stadium
Former names Upper field of Republican Stadium
Location provulok Laboratorny, 7b
Kiev, Ukraine
Coordinates 50°25′44.50″N 30°31′31.00″E / 50.4290278°N 30.5252778°E / 50.4290278; 30.5252778
Owner Ukrainian Football Federation
Capacity 1,678
Field size 105 m × 68 m (115 yd × 74 yd)
Surface Grass
Broke ground 2004
Opened 2005
Construction cost ?
Ukrainian youth national teams 2005-present
Obolon Kyiv 2005
Arsenal Kyiv 2008-2010
FC Olimpik Donetsk 2014-present

The Educational-Training Complex of the Ukrainian Football Federation named after – Victor Maksymovych Bannikov, is a small football stadium located close to the House of Football and the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.

The ground was regarded as a training ground for the Respublikansky Stadium and until 2004 was referred to simply as an upper field of the Republican Stadium.

In 2004 the Ukrainian Football Federation invested in rebuilding the ground as a training complex with facilities and couple of small grandstands to accommodate those who would watch games there.

First matches were played in 2005. The stadium holds seating for 1,678. However, the record attendance is 2,000 for a Ukraine under-21 international game against Turkey on 5 September 2005.[1]

The ground has been used in Ukraine Premier League matches for the first time by Obolon (2005), later utilized by FC Lviv (2009),[2] and then was leased to Arsenal Kyiv[3] for 2008-09 season.[4] In 2009 the field was a lifeline for Arsenal which due to the renovation of the Olimpisky NSC (Respublikansky Stadium) was under threat of being suspended by the League. Arsenal returned once again to Bannikov in 2010.

The stadium was once again renewed as a Premier League venue for the 2014–15 season by Olimpik Donetsk due to the insurgency in Donbass.[5]

Bannikov is a regular home field of the Ukraine U-21, U-19, and U-17 teams. The stadium is named after the goalkeeper of Dynamo and Soviet national team and later the first president of Football Federation of Ukraine Viktor Bannikov.