Petrovsky Stadium

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Petrovsky
Aerial view of Petrovsky Stadium
Aerial view of Petrovsky Stadium
Former names Lenin Stadium (1925–1992)
Location Saint Petersburg, Russia
Owner Zenit St. Petersburg
Capacity 21,405[1]
Field size 105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground May 1924
Built 1924–1925
Opened July 26, 1925
Renovated 1933, 1961, 1978, 1994
Tenants
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg (1994–2017)
FC Tosno (2017)

The Petrovsky Stadium (Russian: стадион «Петровский») is on a sports complex that consists of a number of buildings, the stadium is used mostly for football and also for athletics. It was the home of FC Zenit and FC Tosno.

The complex also contains another football stadium, Minor Sport Arena (MSA). MSA of Petrovsky in 2008 was used by several teams that compete in lower professional leagues: FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg, FC Zenit-2 Saint Petersburg, and FC Sever Murmansk. The whole complex is located on the Petrograd side in central St. Petersburg on Petrovsky Island, an island in the Malaya Neva River connected to the adjacent Krestovsky and Petrogradsky islands through bridges. As of 2017, tenants Zenit became the first Russian club with 2 million followers on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and they finished 20th in Europe on social media.[citation needed]

Capacity[edit]

The Grand Sport Arena of the Petrovsky Sport Complex currently has a capacity of 21,405 people.

History[edit]

The first stadium at this location was designed by Czech architect Aloise Wejwoda and was built in 1924 - 1925. During World War II the stadium was completely destroyed. In 1957 - 1961 it was completely rebuilt by architects N.V. Baranov, O.I. Guryev and V.M. Fromzel. At that time the capacity was 33,000 seats. Before the 1980 Summer Olympics Petrovsky Stadium went through major reconstruction.

The stadium has received world recognition since hosting the Goodwill Games in 1994. At that time, after a major reconstruction the seating capacity was changed to a more comfortable design with 21,405 seats. All seats are made of weather-proof durable plastic. Seats have different colour, depending on the seating section and proximity to the pitch.

Today[edit]

Zenit Saint Petersburg was based at Petrovsky Stadium from 1994 to 2017 where they played their home games. Tosno is currently based at Petrovsky Stadium where they plays their home games.

Aside from sporting events, the stadium has been a popular place for entertainment, music concerts and festivals.

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Coordinates: 59°57′07″N 30°17′11″E / 59.95194°N 30.28639°E / 59.95194; 30.28639