Arena Națională

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Arena Națională
Stadionul National - National Arena 3.jpg
Location 37 Basarabia Blvd., Sector 2, Bucharest, Romania
Coordinates 44°26′13.95″N 26°09′09.03″E / 44.4372083°N 26.1525083°E / 44.4372083; 26.1525083Coordinates: 44°26′13.95″N 26°09′09.03″E / 44.4372083°N 26.1525083°E / 44.4372083; 26.1525083
Owner Municipality of Bucharest
Executive suites 42
Capacity 55,634 (football)[1]
Record attendance 53,329 (Romania-Netherlands,
1–4, 16 October 2012)
Field size 105 x 68m[2]
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 20 February 2008
Opened 6 September 2011[4]
Construction cost 234,5 million[3]
Tenants
Romania national football team
Dinamo București
Steaua București
Website
Official website

Arena Națională (Romanian pronunciation: [aˈrena nat͡si.oˈnalə], National Arena) is the national stadium of Romania, in the Lia Manoliu National Sports Complex in Bucharest. Opened in 2011, it replaced the former National Stadium. It was built for the Romania national football team, hosting its games as well as the Romanian Cup Final and the Romanian Supercup.

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.[5] 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 September 19, 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.

Construction[edit]

The old stadium was demolished between December 18, 2007 and February 20, 2008, although a symbolic removal of seats took place on November 21, 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.[6] On October 8, 2009, it was decided that the stadium should also include a retractable roof worth €20,000,000.[7]

Construction was temporarily halted in December 2009 due to unfavorable weather conditions.[8]

Facilities[edit]

The venue holds 55,611 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.[9] The roof design is very similar to that of the National Stadium in Warsaw. These two stadiums also have a similar capacity and age (Warsaw has slightly more seats, and is slightly newer)

A panoramic view of the stadium

Usage[edit]

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 January 29, 2009.[10] 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.[9]

History[edit]

Romania-France opening match

The official inauguration was initially scheduled for August 10, 2011, and was to feature a football match between Romania and Argentina.[11]

However, on 26 July, Argentina officially cancelled the friendly match after their coach was sacked, so the stadium was inaugurated on September 6, 2011, with a UEFA Euro 2012 Group D qualifier match between Romania and France.[12] The game ended 0–0 in front of a crowd of 49,137.

Notable high audience matches[edit]

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.[12][13]

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.[14]


Association Football[edit]

Romania national football team matches[edit]

On September 6, 2011, the Romanian national football team, played the inaugural 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 August 10, 2011.





These are the matches played at Arena Națională by Romania:

Nr Competition Date Opponent Attendance Result Scorers for Romania
1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying 6 September 2011  France 49,137 0 - 0 -
2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying 7 October 2011  Belarus 29,846 2 - 2 2 x Adrian Mutu
3 Friendly 29 January 2012  Uruguay 15,000 1 - 1 Bogdan Stancu
4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 11 September 2012  Andorra 24,630 4 - 0 Gabriel Torje, Costin Lazăr, Valerică Găman, Alexandru Iulian Maxim
5 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 16 October 2012  Netherlands 53,329 1 - 4 Ciprian Marica
6 Friendly 14 November 2012  Belgium 5,000 2 - 1 Alexandru Iulian Maxim, Gabriel Torje
7 Friendly 4 June 2013  Trinidad and Tobago 10,128 4 - 0 3 x Ciprian Marica
8 Friendly 14 August 2013  Slovakia 6,738 1 - 1 Bogdan Stancu
9 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 6 September 2013  Hungary 41,405 3 - 0 Ciprian Marica, Mihai Pintilii, Cristian Tănase
10 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 10 September 2013  Turkey 44,357 0 - 2 -
11 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 15 October 2013  Estonia 18,852 2 - 0 2 x Ciprian Marica
12 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 19 November 2013  Greece 49,793 1 - 1 -
13 Friendly 5 March 2014  Argentina 45,034 0 - 0 -
14 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying 11 October 2014  Hungary 50,085 1 - 1 Raul Rusescu
15 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying 14 November 2014  Northern Ireland 28,892 2 - 0 2 x Paul Papp
16 Friendly 18 November 2014  Denmark 10,000 2 - 0 2 x Claudiu Keșerü
17 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying 7 September 2015  Greece 38,153 0 - 0 -
18 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying 8 October 2015  Finland 47,987 1 - 1 Ovidiu Hoban
19 Friendly 3 June 2016  Georgia 27,937 5 - 1 Adrian Popa, Nicolae Stanciu, Gabriel Torje, Claudiu Keșerü
20 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 11 November 2016  Poland 48,531 0 - 3 -

Concerts[edit]

Concerts at Arena Națională
Date Artist Tour Attendance
31 August 2012 United States Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You World Tour 47,000
15 May 2013 United Kingdom Depeche Mode Delta Machine Tour 34,729

Transport[edit]

The stadium is served by public transport with buses, trolleybuses, trams and the subway system.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Aviva Stadium
Dublin
UEFA Europa League
Final Venue

2012
Succeeded by
Amsterdam Arena
Amsterdam