Stadionul Francisc von Neumann
|Owner||The Arad local council|
|Built||1940 - 1945|
Francisc von Neuman Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Arad, Romania. It was used mostly for football matches and was the home ground of FC UTA Arad, one of the most successful teams in Romanian club football. The stadium used to hold up to 7,287 people, all on seats, and was built in 1944.
In 2014 the stadium was demolished to make way for a new, modern, exclusively for football, all-seater stadium expected to be open by the end of 2017. The new stadium will have a capacity of 12.700 seats, and will also include offices, a press club, a press center, V.I.P. hospitality, a restaurant and a hotel.
The stadium was opened on 1 September 1946 with a match between UTA Arad - Ciocanul București 1-0. At that time, the stadium was considered the most modern in the country. It is named after a local Jewish aristocrat, Francisc von Neumann, a baron who owned several businesses in Arad and who personally sponsored the construction of the stadium and the founding of the team. While studying in England, he became a fan of the London-based football team Arsenal, hence the similar team colours.
In 2006 the stadium went through a major overhaul, when the municipality invested over 700.000 euro for new seats (dropping it's capacity from approximately 10.000 on benches), main stand structural repairs, new cloakrooms, a anti-doping control room, an emergency medical room, a VIP sector, new multimedia sector and a new sound system.
In 2008, a 1400 lux density floodlight system was installed as well as a new electronic scoreboard.
In 2010 the municipality presented plans for a new 12.700 capacity all-seater stadium to be built on the exact site of this arena.
- 1967: UTA Arad - Fenerbahçe S.K. 1-0
- 1970: UTA Arad - Feyenoord 0-0
- 1971: UTA Arad - SV Austria Salzburg 4-1
- 1971: UTA Arad - Vitoria Setubal 3-0
- 1972: UTA Arad - Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 0-2
- 2009: Romania - Andorra 2-0
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