|Location||37 Basarabia Blvd., Sector 2, Bucharest, Romania|
|Owner||Municipality of Bucharest|
|Record attendance||53,329 (Romania v Netherlands, |
16 October 2012)
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Broke ground||20 February 2008|
|Opened||6 September 2011|
|Construction cost||€234 million|
(€331 million in 2019 euros)
|Architect||Gerkan, Marg and Partners|
|Main contractors||Max Bögl |
The Arena Națională (official name) or National Arena (Romanian pronunciation: [aˈrena nat͡sjoˈnalə]) is a retractable roof football stadium located in Bucharest, Romania. It is used mostly for football matches and it is the home stadium of Romania national team.
The stadium has a seating capacity of 55,634 which makes it the largest association football arena in Romania. Its construction started in 2008 and finished in September 2011. It is located on the site of the former National Stadium, in the Lia Manoliu National Sports Complex.
The 2012 UEFA Europa League Final was held at the new stadium. This was the first final of a major European football club competition hosted by Romania. UEFA has announced that the UEFA Euro 2020 Finals would be held in multiple cities all over Europe in a pan-European tournament format to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the tournament. On 19 September 2014 Bucharest has won the UEFA Euro 2020 bids and it was decided that the National Arena will host four matches (as part of the 'Standard Package'), consisting of three group stage matches + one round of 16/quarter-final match.
The old stadium was demolished between 18 December 2007 and 20 February 2008, although a symbolic removal of seats took place on 21 November 2007, after Romania defeated Albania 6-1 in a qualifying match for Euro 2008.
The construction phase generated some controversy over costs and delays, with Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu claiming that the works were 20 weeks behind schedule in May 2009. On 8 October 2009, it was decided that the stadium should also include a retractable roof worth €20,000,000.
Construction was temporarily halted in December 2009 due to unfavorable weather conditions.
The venue holds 55,634 people. 3,600 VIP seats are available, with another 126 seats allotted for the press (with a possible expansion to 548 seats). The stadium includes some 360 restrooms and a retractable roof, which can be opened or closed in 15 minutes. It is also endowed with a floodlight system and 2100 parking spaces. The roof design is very similar to that of the National Stadium in Warsaw. These two stadiums also have a similar capacity and age.
The National Stadium is a Category 4 venue and as such, it hosted the UEFA Europa League 2011–12 final, as announced by UEFA at Nyon on 29 January 2009. It was required to host at least two major events beginning in July 2011, one with an attendance of 10,000 and the second with an attendance of at least 40,000.
However, on 26 July, Argentina officially cancelled the friendly match after their manager Sergio Batista departed the team, so the stadium was instead inaugurated on 6 September 2011, with a UEFA Euro 2012 Group D qualifier match between Romania and France. The game ended 0–0 in front of a crowd of 49,137.
Notable high audience matches
The highest audience for a football game was achieved at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match between Romania and Netherlands, hosted on 16 October 2012, which brought 53,329 people to the stadium.
The 2nd highest audience was achieved at the UEFA Europa League Final hosted on 9 May 2012. The game between the two Spanish teams, Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, brought 52,347 people to the stadium.
- The match was played behind closed doors due to punishment by UEFA.
Romania national football team matches
On 6 September 2011, the Romanian national football team, played the opening match against the French team which ended with a goalless draw, after Argentina cancelled the official inauguration, a friendly match between Romania and Argentina on 10 August 2011.
Euro 2020 matches
Arena Națională is one of the stadiums that will host matches for UEFA Euro 2020. Three Group C matches and a Round of 16 will be played there (the other matches in that group will be played at the Johan Cruyff Arena).
The following matches will be played at the stadium during the UEFA Euro 2020:
|Date||Time (EEST)||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round||Scorers||Attendance|
|14 June 2020||–||C3||–||C4||Group C||–||–|
|18 June 2020||–||C2||–||C4||Group C||–||–|
|22 June 2020||–||C2||–||C3||Group C||–||–|
|29 June 2020||–||Winner Group F||–||3rd Group A/B/C||Round of 16||–||–|
|Concerts at Arena Națională|
|31 August 2012||Red Hot Chili Peppers||I'm with You World Tour||47,000|
|15 May 2013||Depeche Mode||Delta Machine Tour||34,729|
|17 June 2017||Kings of Leon||WALLS TOUR||35,000|
|3 July 2019||Ed Sheeran||÷ Tour||48,044|
|14 August 2019||Metallica||WorldWired Tour||50,319|
|29 July 2020||Celine Dion||Courage World Tour||N/A|
The stadium is served by public transport with buses, trolleybuses, trams and the subway system.
|Transport means||Stadium entrance||Routes|
|Transport in Bucharest||Strada Pierre de Coubertin / Peluza I NORD||Trolleybuses routes → 86, 90 – 100 metre walk to stadium entrance|
Bus routes → 104 – 300 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trams routes → 46, 55 – 500 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → 101, 335, N102 – 550 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trams routes → 14, 36 – 600 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trolleybuses routes → 69, 85 – 1400 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → 143, 682 – 1400 metre walk to stadium entrance
|Bulevardul Basarabia / Peluza II SUD||Trams routes → 40, 56 – 250 metre walk to stadium entrance|
Bus routes → N109 – 250 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trams routes → 36 – 750 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → 101, 102, 335 – 750 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trolleybuses routes → 70, 79, 92 – 800 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → N104 – 800 metre walk to stadium entrance
Metro routes → M1: Piața Muncii – 1400 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trams routes → 1 – 1500 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → 135, 253, 311, 330 – 1500 metre walk to stadium entrance
Metro routes → M1: Costin Georgian – 1500 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → 104 – 1500 metre walk to stadium entrance
|Strada Maior Ion Coravu / Tribuna I VEST||Trams routes → 40, 56 – 500 metre walk to stadium entrance|
Bus routes → N109 – 500 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trolleybuses routes → 86, 90 – 600 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → 104 – 600 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trams routes → 1 – 1100 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → 135, 311, 330 – 1100 metre walk to stadium entrance
Metro routes → M1: Piața Muncii – 1500 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trolleybuses routes → 70, 79, 92 – 1500 metre walk to stadium entrance
|Strada Socului / Tribuna II EST||Trams routes → 36 – 500 metre walk to stadium entrance|
Bus routes → 101, 335 – 500 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trams routes → 14, 46, 55 – 800 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → 104 – 850 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → 102, N109 – 950 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trams routes → 40, 56 – 950 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → 253 – 1400 metre walk to stadium entrance
Bus routes → N104 – 1500 metre walk to stadium entrance
Trolleybuses routes → 70, 79, 92 – 1500 metre walk to stadium entrance
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