Astana Arena

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Astana Arena
Astana Arena Logo.png
Astana Arena (inside interior).JPG
View from the Southeast stands
LocationQabanbay Batyr Avenue, Astana, Kazakhstan
Coordinates51°6′29.4″N 71°24′9.0″E / 51.108167°N 71.402500°E / 51.108167; 71.402500
OwnerCity of Astana
OperatorCity of Astana
Capacity30,244[3]
SurfaceArtificial turf
Construction
Opened3 July 2009; 13 years ago (3 July 2009)
Construction costUS$185 million[1]
ArchitectPopulous + Tabanlıoğlu Architects[2]
Structural engineerBuro Happold[2]
Main contractorsSembol Construction[2]
Tenants

The Astana Arena (Kazakh: Астана Арена) is a football stadium in Astana, Kazakhstan. The stadium holds 30,000 and has a retractable roof.[4] It serves as the national stadium for the Kazakhstan national football team. Astana Arena is the largest stadium in the country and it was built from 2006 to 2009 at a cost of $185 million, and was officially opened on 3 July 2009.[5] It is also a home ground for FC Astana of the Kazakhstan Premier League and FC Bayterek of the Kazakhstan First Division. The stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the 7th Asian Winter Games on 31 January 2011.[6] Astana Arena was one of the venues to bid to host UEFA Euro 2020 matches.[7]

History[edit]

Astana Arena before the UEFA Champions League play-off round match between FC Astana and Celtic F.C.

Construction of the Astana Arena began in 2006 which, on the official opening day, was named Kazhymukan Stadium in honor of the famous wrestler Kazhymukan Munaitpasov. Later, the stadium received its current name Astana Arena.[4] The stadium was designed by leading sports architects Populous in association with Tabanlioglu Architects.[2] The general contractor was Sembol Construction. It was opened with the Lokomotiv Astana match against the Kazakhstan national under-21 football team on July 3, 2009. The famous Italian referee Pierluigi Collina officiated, the symbolic first kick off was by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. As part of each team, in addition to their regular players, two "stars" were invited: the youth national team of Kazakhstan had the Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze and Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko, and Lokomotiv Astana had Turkish players Hasan Şaş and Hakan Şükür.[4][8]

On October 14, 2009, the stadium hosted its first official international match: the national team of Kazakhstan met the national team of Croatia as part of the qualifying tournament for the 2010 World Cup. The match was won 2-1 by the guests, the decisive goal was scored only in injury time.[9]

On January 31, 2011, Astana Arena hosted the opening ceremony of the 7th Asian Winter Games[10][11] and the only Muz-TV Channel Awards held outside Moscow.[12]

On June 27, 2017 and June 29, 2019 world stars Dimash Kudaibergen "Bastau" and "Arnau" performed in concerts[13][14][15] which attracted 30,000 and 40,000 spectators. 13,500 spectators from 65 countries attended the "Arnau" concert.[16]

In February 2020, the Astana Arena, the glass roof inserts collapsed under the load of snow and ice weighing tons; it eventually fell into the hall. No-one was injured.[17][18]

Characteristics[edit]

View from the back side.

The 30,000-seat stadium was conceived as a large amphitheater with a distinctive and instantly recognizable form when viewed from a distance and from close proximity. Essentially a two·tiered structure, the lower terrace, accommodating 16,000 seats, encircles the playing area while the upper stand on the east and west sides seats a further 14,000 spectators.[5] There is effective separation of VIPs, spectators and players to ensure smooth access. All spectators are seated and have a clear sight line with an unobstructed view of the field of play. The playing surface is covered in a high quality grass surface specified to meet FIFA and UEFA criteria. The grass can be covered for other events.

Design[edit]

The stadium, designed on an elliptic form, is constructed on a 232,485 m² (330m x 704.5m) rectangular site. The design introduces innovative solutions adopting high technology principles for operational management, interaction with the environment and especially with harsh climatic conditions of the geography.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sembol's $185m Astana stadium opens". kazworld.info. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Astana Arena – Kazakhstan Stadium Building". e-architect.co.uk. March 6, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "Official website". Archived from the original on 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  4. ^ a b c "Как строилась и чем уникальна "Астана Арена"". sports.kz. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Astana's new stadium ready to host games". hurriyet.com.tr. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  6. ^ Jena Isle (January 31, 2011). "The 7th Asian Winter Games 2011 Opening Ceremony in Astana, Kazakhstan". BatangasToday.com. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "Astana bidding to host UEFA matches in 2020". TengriNews.kz. September 21, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "В Астане открыт стадион "Кажымукан"". sports.kz. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Kazakhstan vs. Croatia". national-football-teams.com. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Astana's new stadium ready to host games". Hurriyet.com.tr. July 7, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  11. ^ "30 января Казахстан перешагнет знаковый рубеж: 365 дней до начала первых в истории страны зимних Азиатских игр". sports.kz. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Впервые в истории Премия МУЗ-ТВ прошла за пределами России". premia.muz-tv.ru. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Concert ARNAU in Astana June 29". dimashthesinger.com. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Dimash Kudaibergen". biletru.us. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Dimash Kudaibergen in 2017". dimashthesinger.com. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Concert of Dimash in Astana gathered almost 30,000 spectators". old.qazaqtv.com. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  17. ^ ""Чуть не убило". На "Астана Арене" обрушилась крыша. Видео". sports.kz. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Кровля провалилась в спорткомплексе "Астана Арена"". liter.kz. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  19. ^ "Astana Arena Kazakhstan Stadium". e-architect.com. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2021.

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