UEFA Elite Stadium (Category 4)
|Location||Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania|
|Broke ground||July 16, 2009|
|Opened||October 1, 2011|
|Owner||Cluj County Council|
|Operator||FC Universitatea Cluj|
|Construction cost||€ 45 million|
|Architect||Dico și Țigănaș|
|Main contractors||ACI Cluj|
|Field dimensions||105 x 68 metres|
|FC Universitatea Cluj (2011–present)
Olimpia Cluj (2012–present)
U Cluj (rugby) (2013–present)
Cluj Arena is a multi-use stadium in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It was ready as of October 2011 and is to be ranked as an UEFA Elite Stadium (Category 4). The stadium is the new home ground of FC Universitatea Cluj.
The owner, Cluj County Council, and the Government of Romania paid about €45,000,000 for the new stadium, which is able to hold 30,335 people. The stadium is composed of 4 two-tier covered stands and a new running track. The seats are grey coloured, with different nuances depending on their position.
The first football and athletics stadium in Cluj-Napoca was built between 1908 and 1911. It had one wooden stand and a capacity of 1,500 people. The official inauguration in 1911 was done by organizing a game between a selection of Cluj and Galatasaray Istanbul. It was the first game in Europe for Galatasaray, and the selection of Cluj won 8-1.
In 1961 new stands were built and the capacity of the stadium became 28,000 on wooden benches, while the old stands were moved to Câmpia Turzii. The 1961 stands have a U-shaped appearance, as the name of the team that uses it. The stadium is named after Ion Moina, the fastest sprinter in Europe in 1948.
The demolition process of the old stadium began on November 20, 2008, so that it could free the space for the new one.
On 16 July 2009 the construction of the stadium began. The stadium was due to be finished by July 2011. By July 2011, about 90% of the new stadium was completed. The stadium officially opened for public in the first day of October. Eight days later the Scorpions held a concert 45.000 sold out the arena held a concert and the next day Smokie played at Cluj Arena. The inaugural match was held on October 11, with a friendly between Universitatea Cluj and Kuban Krasnodar. The first official match was a Liga I encounter of Universitatea Cluj and FC Braşov, played on October 17.
There were controversies involving the name of the new stadium. Before the demolition of the 1961-built arena, the stadium was called Ion Moina, but the new one was going to be named differently. While the fans proposed the name of Mircea Luca, a "U" Cluj legendary player, the local authorities were torn between "Cluj Arena" and lending the name to an international company, like in the case of the all big stadiums.
Association football 
|International football matches|
|11 October 2011||Friendly||U Cluj||Kuban Krasnodar||0 - 4||26,000|
|26 September 2012||UEFA Women's Champions League||Olimpia Cluj||Neulengbach||1 - 1||800|
|8 November 2012||UEFA Women's Champions League||Olimpia Cluj||Torres||0 - 3||1,000|
|2011-2012 National football matches|
|16 October 2011||Liga I||U Cluj||FC Brașov||1 - 0|
|29 October 2011||Liga I||U Cluj||Dinamo București||0 - 0|
|27 November 2011||Liga I||U Cluj||Oțelul Galați||1 - 1|
|10 December 2011||Liga I||U Cluj||FC Vaslui||0 - 1|
|18 December 2011||Liga I||U Cluj||CS Mioveni||2 - 2|
|12 March 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Steaua București||0 - 1|
|21 March 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Astra Ploiești||3 - 1|
|2 April 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||FCM Târgu Mureș||3 - 1|
|16 April 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Gaz Metan Mediaș||3 - 0|
|28 April 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Pandurii Târgu Jiu||0 - 1|
|5 May 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Sportul Studențesc||1 - 1|
|15 May 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Voința Sibiu||3 - 1|
|18 May 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||CFR Cluj||2 - 3|
|2012-2013 National football matches|
|29 July 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Gloria Bistrița||1 - 0|
|12 August 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Viitorul Constanța||2 - 1|
|27 August 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||FC Brașov||1 - 1|
|7 September 2012||Liga III||Sănătatea Cluj||Unirea Dej||1 - 2|
|17 September 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Astra Giurgiu||1 - 3|
|22 September 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Dinamo București||1 - 2|
|5 October 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț||1 - 0|
|26 October 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Oțelul Galați||1 - 1|
|12 November 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Rapid București||1 - 2|
|24 November 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||CFR Cluj||1 - 2|
|30 November 2012||Liga I||U Cluj||Pandurii Târgu Jiu||1 - 1|
|25 February 2013||Liga I||U Cluj||Steaua București||0 - 1|
|11 March 2013||Liga I||U Cluj||CS Turnu Severin||1 - 0|
|29 March 2013||Liga I||U Cluj||Concordia Chiajna||1 - 0|
|13 April 2013||Liga I Feminin||Olimpia Cluj||FCM Târgu Mureș||3 - 0|
|19 April 2013||Liga I||U Cluj||Gaz Metan Mediaș||3 - 4|
|National rugby union matches|
|30 March 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||Steaua București||8 - 19||1,500|
|14 April 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||CSM Bucureşti||49 - 26|
|27 April 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||RCM Timişoara||3 - 45|
|Concerts at Cluj Arena|
|8 October 2011||Scorpions||Get Your Sting and Blackout World Tour||40,000|
|9 October 2011||Smokie||20,000|
|19 July 2012||Roxette||World Tour||22,000|
|7 June 2013||Deep Purple||Cluj Arena Music Fest|
|8 June 2013||UB40||Cluj Arena Music Fest|
Cluj Arena is built on the same location as the old stadium, west of the Central Park and next to the Someşul Mic river. The area represents the city's old sport complex, built at the beginning of the century, which included the old stadium, the old indoor arena, and a sports oriented park. There were projects involving the stadium being built in other locations, but the authorities ceased due to public pressure and decided to build the new arena on the same premises.
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- Cluj Arena's official website
- "Încă un stadion!" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
- "Familia "U" s-a intors acasa!" (in Romanian). FC Universitatea Cluj. 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- "Ne bucuram foarte mult pentru cele trei puncte!" (in Romanian). FC Universitatea Cluj. 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2011-10-25.