Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium
|Стадіон «Динамо» імені Валерія Лобановського|
|Former names||Balitsky Dynamo Stadium (1933–1934)
All-Ukrainian Dynamo Stadium of Balitsky (1934–1936)
All-Ukrainian Dynamo Stadium of Yezhov (1937–1939)
All-Ukrainian Dynamo Stadium (1940–1941)
Deutsches Stadion (1941–1943)
Dynamo Stadium (1943–2002)
Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium (since 2002)
|Location||3 Hrushevskyy st., Kiev, Ukraine|
|Field size||100m by 75m|
|Dynamo Kyiv (1934–)
Arsenal Kyiv (2001–2013)
It is the home of FC Dynamo Kyiv and a major alternative stadium for the Ukrainian national football team that often plays its exhibition games. The stadium holds 16,873 people, and was built in 1934 as Vsevolod Balitsky Dynamo Stadium by the project of Vasyl Osmak. The stadium current name was given in honour of the former Dynamo Kyiv and USSR national football team coach Valeriy Lobanovskyi in 2002, who died on 13 May that year, at age 63.
A reconstruction plan has been approved to increase the number of seats to 30,000, and to add a roof over the stand. The stadium is currently used for most domestic games and European games.
In January 2014, the square adjoining the stadium's main gate from Hrushevskoho Street became scene of the month-long street battle between attacking activists of the Euromaidan revolution and police. At several moments, the clashes took place immediately on top of the stadium gate, with at least one rioter filmed being thrown down at the pavement by police officers. The square, the entrance colonnade & stadium fence were completely smoked over by prolonged artificial tyres-fed fire, as well as surrounding street buildings.
By 2015, the entrance square was completely restored. The only reminder of the revolution events is an amateur monument erected in the middle of the Hrushevskoho Street driveway opposite the stadium gate.
In 1971, near the stadium was installed a monument of the Dynamo players involved in the game known in the Soviet historiography as the Death Match and the players who perished in the World War II. The sculpture is composed of steel, in which figures of four players are carved using high relief. The architects, V. Bogdanovska and I. Maslenkov, are well known for projecting the stations of Kyiv Metro. The sculptor was I. Gorovyi. The monument is located by the service entrance to the stadium, so many fans are unable to see it.
On May 11, 2003, before the first anniversary of the death of Valeriy Lobanovskyi, a monument was opened. The famous coach is sitting on the trainer's bench and is watching a match. The pedestal is a large ball. The total weight is about 5t. The monument was create by a group of nine people led by the architect Vasil Klimenko and the sculptor Vladimir Filatov. The sculpture is located between the stadium and the main entrance to the stadiums.
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