Anzhi Arena

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Anzhi Arena (Anji Arena)[1]
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Former namesKhazar Stadium (2003–2013)
LocationKaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia
Coordinates42°54′28″N 47°37′06″E / 42.90778°N 47.61833°E / 42.90778; 47.61833
OwnerLLC Anzhi-Holding
OperatorFC Anzhi Makhachkala
Capacity26,500 (Russian Premier League)[2]
Field size107m x 72m
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Built2001–2003
OpenedJuly 22, 2003 (2003-07-22)
Renovated2011–2013
Tenants
Anzhi Makhachkala (2003–present)

Anzhi Arena (Russian: «Анжи Арена») is an all-seater football stadium in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia, and the home of Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala. The stadium was built on the site of Anzhi's former home, Khazar Stadium. It was opened after its renewal on 17 March 2013 and has a capacity of 26,400[3] spectators. It replaced Dynamo Stadium as the home of Anzhi.[4]

History[edit]

Anzhi played their home games at the Dynamo Stadium in the center of the city of Makhachkala, but due to its small capacity, they decided to build a new stadium that could provide a bigger audience. The stadium was built in 2003 in Kaspiysk (10 km southeast from Makhachkala) due to small sources of land in the city of Makhachkala, the stadium was named Khazar. It was inaugurated on July 22, 2003. On its opening, Anzhi played against Kuban Krasnodar in a league match which ended in a 1-0 win by Anzhi.

Later, Anzhi left the Khazar stadium and returned to play at their old Dynamo Stadium due to the difficulty of play football under the strong winds blowing from the Caspian Sea.

Opening[edit]

The arena was opened with a mini concert by Cher and Flo Rida. She wore outfits from her Farewell Tour and her Las Vegas residency show. The concert was filmed but for legal reasons, Cher was not shown on Russian TV. Flo Rida ran through the entire stadium through the crowd celebrating with the locals during his set.

Reconstruction[edit]

Since acquiring the club in 2011, Suleyman Kerimov planned on building a stadium that would include all UEFA Stadium Regulations, since Anzhi's home ground Dynamo Stadium was not permitted to host European matches. It was decided that Khazar stadium would be remodeled into a European level stadium, which upon completion will be called Anzhi Arena.

The official opening after its renewal was held on 17 March 2013 on a Russian Premier League match against Krylia Sovetov Samara which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Coordinates: 42°54′28″N 47°37′07″E / 42.907901°N 47.618587°E / 42.907901; 47.618587

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fc-anji.ru/?lng=en
  2. ^ "Anji Arena".
  3. ^ http://fc-anji.ru/club/stadium/?lng=ru
  4. ^ "Anzhi Arena - Fc Anzhi Fans". Archived from the original on 2015-08-10.