Dynama Stadium (Minsk)

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Dinamo Stadium
Dinamo Stadium Minsk.jpg
Location Minsk, Belarus
Coordinates 53°53′42.67″N 27°33′36.20″E / 53.8951861°N 27.5600556°E / 53.8951861; 27.5600556
Opened 1934
Renovated 1939, 1947–1954, 1978-1980, 2012–2014
Surface Grass
Capacity 34,000
Tenants
Dinamo Minsk (1934–2008)
Minsk (2009–)
Belarus national football team

Dinamo Stadium (Belarusian: Стадыён Дынама, Belarusian pronunciation: [stadɨˈjɔn dɨˈnama]) is a multi-purpose stadium in Minsk, Belarus. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of FC Minsk and Belarus national football team. The stadium officially seats 40,000, but because part of the upper stand has not been used since the mid-90s for safety reasons, current capacity is only 34,000.[1]

History[edit]

Dinamo Stadium was constructed and opened in 1934 and expanded in 1939. It was destroyed during World War II and rebuilt during 1947–1954. It was further renovated during 1978–1980 in preparation for 1980 Summer Olympics.[2] In October 2012 the stadium was closed for major reconstruction works. It will be reopened in 2014 as a soccer-specific stadium.[3]

Domestic use[edit]

During Soviet years the stadium was a home venue for Dinamo Minsk, which continued to use the stadium until 2008. Since 2009 Dinamo Minsk has relocated to a smaller Dinamo-Yuni Stadium, while Dinamo Stadium became the primary home venue for FC Minsk. The stadium is also a traditional venue to host the final match of Belarusian Cup, which was held here almost every year since 1992, with the exception of 2002 and 2011.

International use[edit]

The stadium was one of the venues of the football tournament at the 1980 Summer Olympics. It hosted 6 group phase matches and one quarterfinal.[4] It was one of the venues at 1984 UEFA U18 Euro and 1985 FIFA U20 World Cup, both held in Soviet Union.[5] Since 1992 the stadium is a primary home venue for Belarus national football team.

Over the years the stadium has been used by a lot of Belarusian clubs in European Cups in cases when the clubs' own stadiums did not meet UEFA criteria. In recent years it was used as the home venue by BATE Borisov in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games, including group phase of both competitions, Champions League qualifying round and Europa League knockout phase.

Coordinates: 53°53′42.67″N 27°33′36.20″E / 53.8951861°N 27.5600556°E / 53.8951861; 27.5600556

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