Stadionul Ion Moina (1911)

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Ion Moina Stadium
Stadionul Ion Moina.JPG
Former names Stadionul Oraşului
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Coordinates 46°46′06.32″N 23°34′19.48″E / 46.7684222°N 23.5720778°E / 46.7684222; 23.5720778Coordinates: 46°46′06.32″N 23°34′19.48″E / 46.7684222°N 23.5720778°E / 46.7684222; 23.5720778
Owner Cluj-Napoca
Operator Universitatea Cluj-Napoca
Capacity 28,000
Surface Grass & track
Broke ground 1908
Opened 1911
Renovated 1961
Expanded 1961
Closed 2008
Demolished 2009–2010[1]
Universitatea Cluj-Napoca

The new stadium construction was completed in 2012. Ion Moina Stadium was a multi-use stadium in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It was used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of U Cluj. The stadium held 28,000 people and was inaugurated in 1911.

The first football and athletics stadium in Cluj-Napoca was built between 1908 and 1911. It had wooden stands and had a capacity of 1,500 people. The official inauguration in 1911 was done by organizing a game between Cluj and Galatasaray Istanbul. It was the first game in Europe for Galatasaray, and Cluj won 8–1.

In 1961, new stands were built and the capacity of the stadium became 28,000 on wooden benches, while the old stands were moved to Câmpia Turzii. The 1961 stands have a U-shaped appearance, as the name of the team that uses it. The stadium is named after Ion Moina, the fastest sprinter in Europe in 1948.

On November 20, 2008, the demolition process began, and was planned to be finished in the spring of 2009. The construction of the new stadium began in the summer of 2009 and will last until October 2011.[needs update] It will be a modern stadium, with a capacity of 30,000 people. The plans also are to organize a UEFA Cup or UEFA Champions League final in the years that will follow.

American R&B star Beyoncé performed for the first time in the country on this stadium on October 22, 2007 during The Beyoncé Experience tour.

On November 22, 2008 the last official football match played on this stadium, U ClujMureşul Deva, finished 0–0.