Arena Națională

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Arena Națională
Stadionul National - National Arena 3.jpg
Location 37 Basarabia Blvd., Sector 2, Bucharest, Romania
Coordinates 44°26′13.95″N 26°09′09.03″E / 44.4372083°N 26.1525083°E / 44.4372083; 26.1525083Coordinates: 44°26′13.95″N 26°09′09.03″E / 44.4372083°N 26.1525083°E / 44.4372083; 26.1525083
Owner Municipality of Bucharest
Executive suites 42
Capacity 55,634 (football)[1]
Record attendance 53,329 (Romania-Netherlands, 16 October 2012)
Field size 105 x 68m[2]
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 20 February 2008
Opened 6 September 2011
Construction cost 234,5 million[3]
Tenants
Romania national football team
Dinamo București
Steaua București
Website
Official website

The National Arena (Romanian: Arena Națională) is a football stadium in Bucharest, Romania, in the Lia Manoliu National Sports Comple. It is replacing the former National Stadium, which was completed in 1953.

It was built for the Romania national football team, therefore is hosting its games, as well as the Romanian Cup Final and the Romanian Supercup. The 2012 UEFA Europa League Final was held at the new stadium. This was the first final of a major European football club competition hosted by Romania.[4] UEFA has announced that the UEFA Euro 2020 Finals would be held in multiple cities all over Europe in a pan-European tournament format to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the tournament. On September 19, 2014 Bucharest has won the UEFA Euro 2020 bids and it was decided that the National Arena will host four matches (as part of the 'Standard Package'), consisting of three group stage matches + one round of 16/quarter-final match.

Construction[edit]

The old stadium was demolished between December 18, 2007 and February 20, 2008, although a symbolic removal of seats took place on November 21, 2007, after Romania defeated Albania 6-1 in a qualifying match for Euro 2008.

The construction phase generated some controversy over costs and delays, with Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu claiming that the works were 20 weeks behind schedule in May 2009.[5] On October 8, 2009, it was decided that the stadium should also include a retractable roof worth €20,000,000.[6]

Construction was temporarily halted in December 2009 due to unfavorable weather conditions.[7]

Facilities[edit]

The venue holds 55,611 people. 3,600 VIP seats are available, with another 126 seats allotted for the press (with a possible expansion to 548 seats). The stadium includes some 360 restrooms and a retractable roof, which can be opened or closed in 15 minutes. It is also endowed with a floodlight system and 2100 parking spaces.[8]

A panoramic view of the stadium

Usage[edit]

The National Stadium is a Category 4 venue and as such, it hosted the UEFA Europa League 2011–12 final, as announced by UEFA at Nyon on January 29, 2009.[9] It was required to host at least two major events beginning in July 2011, one with an attendance of 10,000 and the second with an attendance of at least 40,000.[8]

History[edit]

Romania-France opening match

The official inauguration was initially scheduled for August 10, 2011, and was to feature a football match between Romania and Argentina.[10]

However on 26 July, Argentina officially cancelled the friendly match after their coach was fired, so the stadium was inaugurated on September 6, 2011, with a UEFA Euro 2012 Group D qualifier match between Romania and France.[11] The game ended 0–0 in front of a crowd of 49,137.

Notable high audience matches[edit]

The highest audience for a football game was achieved at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match between Romania and Netherlands, hosted on 16 October 2012, which brought 53,329 people to the stadium.[11][12]

The 2nd highest audience was achieved at the UEFA Europa League Final hosted on 9 May 2012. The game between the two Spanish teams, Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, brought 52,347 people to the stadium.[13]

Association Football[edit]

Concerts[edit]

Concerts at Arena Națională
Date Artist Tour Attendance
31 August 2012 United States Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You World Tour 47,000
15 May 2013 United Kingdom Depeche Mode Delta Machine Tour 34,729

Transport[edit]

The stadium is served by public transport with buses, trolleybuses, trams and the subway system.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Aviva Stadium
Dublin
UEFA Europa League
Final Venue

2012
Succeeded by
Amsterdam Arena
Amsterdam