Shakhtar Stadium (Donetsk)

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Central Stadium "Shakhtar"
Shakhtar Stadium in Donetsk.jpg
LocationVoroshylovskyi District, Donetsk, Ukraine
Coordinates47°59′40.18″N 37°47′08.69″E / 47.9944944°N 37.7857472°E / 47.9944944; 37.7857472
OwnerShakhtar Donetsk
Capacity31,718 (football)
Field size105m by 68m
Broke groundSpring 1936
Opened5 September 1936
Renovated1950, 1966, 1981, 2000
ArchitectGeorgiy Navrotskiy, S.Severin
Shakhtar Donetsk (1936–2004)
Shakhtar Donetsk reserves
Metalurh Donetsk (international games)

Central Stadium Shakhtar (Ukrainian: Центральний стадіон «Шахтар») is a multi-purpose stadium that is located in the Shcherbakov Central Park, in Voroshylovskyi District, Donetsk, Ukraine. The stadium has a capacity of 31,718. Shakhtar Stadium was the prime home ground for Shakhtar Donetsk and major football arena in Ukraine until the early 2000s.


The stadium was built in 1936 specifically for Shakhtar (Stakhanovets) Stalino with the most recent reconstruction in 2000. It is located in the central city's park near a big pond. The park itself is located on a border of Kuibyshevskyi, Leninskyi and Voroshylovskyi districts.

1995 explosion[edit]

On 15 October 1995 soon after the start of football game Shakhtar – Tavriya at the stadium took place a big explosion which killed several people including the local criminal Akhat Bragin and his security consisting of five men.[1] All six died instantaneously.[1] Seriously was wounded a local buffet waitress who was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.[1] Nobody out of the 2,000 stadium's spectators suffered any injuries.[1] Due to the explosion the game was interrupted and postponed[1] for two weeks being rescheduled for 31 October 1995.[2] Russian newsmedia informed that Bragin had just bought the control packet of FC Shakhtar Donetsk in 1994.[1] Notable is the fact that this successful assassination attempt was not the first one and there were two more unsuccessful where Bragin was shot upon from an automatic rifles.[1] After that explosion, there was organized a special investigative commission consisting of various agencies including Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Service of Ukraine, and General Prosecutor Office of Ukraine.[1] The stadium did not function as a sports facility for several years, local radio market being established there instead.

Further plans[edit]

In 2010-11 the general director of Shakhtar Serhiy Palkin announced that the stadium would be rebuilt in its original architecture of 1936, however due to the UEFA Euro 2012 and later the 2014 war in Donbass that idea became abandoned.[3]

Games of the Ukraine national football team[edit]

Date Type Host Score Guest Goals Attendance
20 August 2003 Friendly  Ukraine 0:2  Romania 0:1 Mutu Goal 29' (pen.)
0:2 Mutu Goal 57'
6 September 2003 Euro Qual.  Ukraine 0:0  Northern Ireland 32,000

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