|Olympic sports training center Chernihiv|
|Capacity||12,060 (football), individual, plastic, uncovered|
|FC Desna Chernihiv, Women's national|
Olympic sports training center "Chernihiv" (formerly Stadion of Yuri Gagarin) (Ukrainian: Олімпійський навчально-спортивний центр «Чернігів») is a multi-purpose stadium in Chernihiv, Ukraine. The stadium was given status of Olympic preparation and brought under the administration of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The stadium was built in 1936 for 3,000 spectators in place of a city park (garden) that existed since 1804. During the World War II the Chernihiv Stadium was heavily damaged and in 1950s was completely reconstructed, included stadium walls and two stands for 11,000 spectators. In 1961 it was named after the Russian Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. On May 25, 1964 Gagarin in person attended the stadium. In mid 1980s the stadium capacity was increased to 14,000.
Beside its main arena, the football field, the center houses four sports schools and several sports sections. There are a boxing hall, a running track, a fitness room (weightlifting/gymnastics), a massage room, an electronic scoreboard, a controlled-access entrance. The field has a water sprinkle system and floodlights.
The center conducts competitions in athletics (track and field), football, boxing, and weightlifting.
There is a prospective project on reconstructing the center into a sports city "Luchisty" (Radiant) which beside the football stadium (3,000 seats) would include an ice arena (4,000 seats), a fitness-recreational complex (swimming pool, indoor field, and numbers of other sports halls), and a beach club (including a beach stadium, open air fitness rooms and swimming pools, and sauna). The sports complex also would include a hotel complex with 175 rooms.
- Gagarin Stadium in Chernihiv will be renovated. "Chernigovskaya Pravda". October 17, 2011
- Stadium information
- Ryha, D. Yuri Gagarin Stadium. Chernihiv regional administration (Department of Culture and Tourism). July 5, 2009.
- Some stadium statistics
- (Ukrainian)(Russian) Chernihiv TV show. Citizen's Opinion. Detynets TV channel (rutube). August 18, 2010.
- Chernihiv stadium awaits on millions and saves on electricity. "Sem dnei" weekly (Chernihiv city portal). August 12, 2011.