Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium

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Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium
Republican Stadium
Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium
Former names Dinamo (1935–1999)
Republican (1999)
Location Yerevan, Armenia
Coordinates 40°10′19″N 44°31′33″E / 40.17194°N 44.52583°E / 40.17194; 44.52583Coordinates: 40°10′19″N 44°31′33″E / 40.17194°N 44.52583°E / 40.17194; 44.52583
Owner "Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium" CJS Company
Operator Football Federation of Armenia
Executive suites 107
Capacity 14,403
Record attendance 16,000 (October 11, 2003; EURO 2004 Qual.: Armenia - Spain)
Field size 105 x 68 meters
Surface grass
Construction
Built 1933-1935
Opened 1935
Renovated 1953,[1][2] 1999, 2008
Architect Koryun Hakobyan
Tenants
Armenia national football team (1999-present)

Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium (Armenian: Վազգեն Սարգսյանի անվան Հանրապետական մարզադաշտ) also known as the Republican Stadium (Armenian: Հանրապետական մարզադաշտ; Hanrapetakan Stadium) is an all-seater multi-use stadium located on 65 Vardanants street, in the Armenian capital Yerevan. The stadium was built between 1933 and 1935. It was officially opened in 1935 as Dinamo Stadium.[3] Further developments were implemented in 1953, after the end of World War II. It is mainly used for association football and is the home ground of the Armenia national football team. The capacity of the stadium is 14,403 seats.[4]

History[edit]

The old Dinamo stadium

The stadium was opened in 1935 during the Soviet rule and named Dinamo Stadium. In 1999, after a major renovation, the name was changed to Republican Stadium (Hanrapetakan Stadium). By the end of 1999, after the assassination of the former prime minister of Armenia Vazgen Sargsyan, the name of the stadium was officially changed to Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium. It is currently used for football matches and is the home ground of the Armenian national team as well as the local football club Ulisses FC of the Armenian Premier League.

A major renovation of the stadium was envisaged to take place in 1995, but the process was delayed due to financial difficulties. In 1999, a large-scale renovation process was launched and more than US$ 3 million were spent on the development of the infrastructure, the seats and many other facilities, with the financial assistance of the UEFA Executive Committee. By the end of 2000, the stadium was completely renovated with a fully covered seating facilities.

The Republican Stadium was named after Vazgen Sargsyan by a presidential decree on December 28, 1999.[5] Vazgen Sargsyan was the commander of the Armenian forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh War and served as Defence Minister from 1995 to 1999 and Prime Minister from June to October 27, 1999 when he and other high-ranked officials were killed in the Armenian parliament shooting.

Another major renovation was carried on in 2008 through the Israeli company Green Diversified Ltd. The playing pitch was entirely replaced with a modern surface, the VIP sections were repaired and a modern security system was installed in the stadium to meet the UEFA standards.[6] By the end of August 2008, the stadium was ready to host matches on the new pitch. As a result of the installment of new VIP sections, the seating capacity was reduced from 14,968 to 14,403.

Attendance records[edit]

The stadium in 2008

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