David Abashidze Stadium
|Field size||105 m × 70 m (344 ft × 230 ft)|
David Abashidze Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Zestafoni, Georgia. It is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of FC Zestafoni. The stadium is able to hold 4,100 people and opened in 1952. Zestafoni David Abashidze Stadium (former Central Stadium) was built by the Zestafoni Ferro-alloy Plant. A couple of matches were held on the stadium before its opening in 1951.
Since 2004, FC Zestafoni has held home matches in the stadium.
In 1981, reconstruction work was done on the arena; the west stand was roofed and the east stand was constructed. After these works capacity of the stadium increased to 8000 seats.
In 2004, after establishing FC Zestafoni, central stadium was repaired and is still being repaired to renew the arena and comply with international standards.
In 2005, works were done to renew the grass surface on the stadium. Georgian workers have constructed new drainage system of German technology. The field is watered with a watering system fromf an American Company “Rainbird”. (This watering system was successfully used on eight stadiums during the 2004 European Championship in Portugal.)
On the Zestafoni central stadium, the field surface, “Natural Green Carpet”, is made by the Ukrainian firm “Lidia-Park”.
FC Zestafoni management plans to build a new base for the club. Lots of new football fields have been constructed in Zestafoni (among them one with an artificial surface). Relevant infrastructure is being made – work out rooms are being repaired, building of new tribunes with personal seats is planned, along with the installment of a modern score-board.
On 9 April 2010 the Stadium was named after David Abashidze who contributed tremendously to the development and revival of football in Zestafoni.
Capacity of the stadium has been increased to 4 558 individual seats.