Metallurg Stadium

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Metallurg
Metallurg Stadium Samara.jpg
Location Ulitsa Stroiteley, Samara, Russia
Coordinates 53°14′18″N 50°16′18″E / 53.23833°N 50.27167°E / 53.23833; 50.27167Coordinates: 53°14′18″N 50°16′18″E / 53.23833°N 50.27167°E / 53.23833; 50.27167
Capacity 33,001
Field size 101.78m х 68.04m
Construction
Built 1957
Opened August 10, 1957
Tenants
FC Krylia Sovetov Samara

Metallurg Stadium (Russian: Стадион Металлург) is a football stadium in Samara, Russia and is the home of FC Krylia Sovetov. The stadium was built in 1957 and has a capacity of 33,001 seats since the last renovation. It has also been repeatedly awarded the VCSPS Diploma, which rates the quality of all sport complexes in Russia.

History[edit]

Metallurg Stadium is located in Samara Oblast
Metallurg Stadium
Metallurg Stadium
Location of Metallurg Stadium within Samara

Construction[edit]

On 7 November 1956, a construction company, 'Metallurgist', performing a construction of a factory at the time, announced that a new stadium was to be built. The stadium was then partially completed in 1957. The rapid completion of the stadium was due to the compatibility of two projects being completed at the same time: raw materials were being manufactured in the Lenin Kuibyshev Metallurg Factory and were delivered to the stadium directly.[1]

Metallurg's official opening took place on 10 August 1957 with the uncompleted tribune being replaced by wooden benches, the capacity of which was around 8,000. The benches were not removed from the stadium until 1976.

First matches and tenants[edit]

When Metallurg was first completed, it was the home stadium of FC Metallurg Kuibyshev and one of the home stadiums of Krylya Sovetov Samara reserve squad.[2] On 6 July 1965, Metallurg became the official home stadium of Krylya Sovetov Samara, when 'Krylya' played their first official game on the stadium. The match took place in the Quarterfinals of the 1965 USSR Football Cup, where Krylya defeated Dinamo Saint Petersburg by three goals to one.

Metallurg became Krylya's domestic league home stadium on 2 May 1970, when Krylya defeated FC Volgar Astrakhan 3:0.

Renovations and upgrades[edit]

On 1976, the wooden benches were replaced by reinforced concrete seats on the stadium's tribune. In winter same year, the Western Sector was totally reconstructed and expanded. Days later, an electronic scoreboard was placed on the stadium.

During the following two off-seasons, the Western and the Northern sectors were constructed. The capacity of the stadium reached 38,000 seats.

On 20 September 1997, the Samrian oblsportkomiteta and a Swiss Public enterprise 'Motomatic' signed a protocol about equipping the pitch of the stadium with a heating system. The first match with a heated pitch was played on 1 November 1997.

In 1998, VIP plastic seats were added to the Western Sector. Same was done with the Eastern Sector in 2001 and with Northern Sector in 2005. In 2006, the old electronic scoreboard was replaced by a new color scoreboard.

Awards[edit]

Metallurg Stadium was repeatedly awarded the VCSPS Diploma in the period of time from 1970 to 1990. It was also assigned a 'category B' class by the Russian Football Union, which allowed the Metallurg Stadium to host any competitions, held by the aegis of the Russian Football Union.[3][4]

The certificate has expired on 1 June 2012.

Facilities[edit]

The stadium also contains a volleyball, a basketball, and two tennis courts, and an athletics sport complex.

Plan of the Mettalurg Stadium

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