Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex

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Olympic National Sports Complex Stadium
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Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
Former namesSee previous names
LocationVelyka Vasylkivska str. 55, Kyiv, Ukraine
Public transit Kiev Metro Second Line logo.svg Olimpiiska and Kiev Metro Third Line logo.svg Palats Sportu, Kyiv Metro
Owner Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine [1]
Capacity 50,000 (1941)
47,756 (1949)
100,062 (1967)
83,450 (1999)
70,050 (2011) [2] [3]
Record attendance102,000 (Dynamo Kyiv-Bayern Munich, 16 March 1977) [4]
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened12 September 1923;97 years ago (1923-09-12)
Renovated1967, 1999, 2011
Expanded1966, 1978
Construction cost 3,968–4,365 million [5]
ArchitectL. I. Pilvinsky (1923)
Mykhailo Hrechyna (1936–41)
GMP (Germany) (2008–2011)
General contractor Kyivmiskbud [6]
Tenants
Soviet Union national football team (1969–1990)
Ukraine national football team (1994–present)
Dynamo Kyiv (1953–2007; 2011–present)
Shakhtar Donetsk (2020–present)
Website
nsc-olimpiyskiy.com.ua/en/

The Olympic National Sports Complex (also known as Olympic Stadium; Ukrainian : Національний спортивний комплекс "Олімпійський", romanized: Natsionalnyi sportovyi kompleks "Olimpiiskyi") is a multi-use sports and recreation facility in Kyiv, Ukraine, located on the slopes of the city's central Cherepanova Hora (Cherepanov Hill), Pecherskyi District. The Olympic National Sports Complex Stadium, the home of FC Dynamo Kyiv, is the premier sports venue in Ukraine and the sixteenth largest in Europe. [7] Since May 2020, the stadium is also used for the home matches of Shakhtar Donetsk due to the war in Donbas. The complex beside its stadium also features several other sports facilities and is designed to host the Olympic Games (the stadium hosted some football matches at the 1980 Summer Olympics).

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Following extensive renovation works, including the construction of a new roof, the stadium was reopened on 9 October 2011 with a performance by Shakira and had its international inauguration with a 3–3 friendly draw by Ukraine against Germany on 11 November 2011. It hosted the final of the UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final.

History

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Panoramic view of the stadium in the 1930s
Exterior of the stadium Kyiv NSC Olimpiyskyi 7.jpg
Exterior of the stadium

After Ukrainian independence in 1991, the stadium was given national status in 1996 and renamed again as the "Olympic" National Sports Complex. Kyivans still commonly refer to it as the Tsentralny (Central) or Respublykanskyi stadion (Republican Stadium), and the nearby metro station "Olimpiiska" that was also called "Respublykanskyi Stadion".

In 1997–99, the stadium was renovated again in accordance with FIFA guidelines, and its capacity was reduced to 83,450. The stadium continued to be the home ground of Dynamo with the Lobanovsky stadium serving as a training ground. Sometime after 1998 big changes took place as it was no longer efficient to keep and maintain the stadium as a club ground. Dynamo decided to reconstruct the Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium as its primary ground because match attendances rarely exceeded 10,000 spectators. Since that time Olympic has been used primarily for football international matches and was lent to FC Dynamo Kyiv for high-profile home games when a high attendance was expected. However it is not the official home ground of Dynamo or any other Kyiv club, as they all have smaller home stadiums and training bases. The stadium is an official home ground of the Ukraine national football team and was the official venue of the Ukrainian Cup final until 2008. From 2008 Olympic underwent a major reconstruction in preparation for the continental championship.

Previous names

For most of its history the stadium was known as the Republican Stadium.

1980 Summer Olympics

Three Group C and three Group D matches, as well as a quarter-final were scheduled for here, a total of seven games. In the first match on 20 July, East Germany tied with Spain by a scoreline of 1–1. The one quarterfinal, held on 27 July 1980, saw East Germany thrash Iraq by the record-breaking score of 4–0 on the way to their third title.

Matches at 1980 Summer Olympics

DateTimeTeamResultTeamRoundAttendance
20 July 198012:00Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 1–1 Olympic flag.svg Spain Group C 100,000
22 July 198012:00Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 1–0Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 70,000
24 July 198012:00Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 5–0Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 80,000
21 July 198012:00Flag of Iraq (1963-1991); Flag of Syria (1963-1972).svg  Iraq 3–0Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica Group D
23 July 198012:00Flag of Iraq (1963-1991); Flag of Syria (1963-1972).svg  Iraq 0–0Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 40,000
25 July 198012:00Flag of Iraq (1963-1991); Flag of Syria (1963-1972).svg  Iraq 1–1Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
27 July 198012:00Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 4–0Flag of Iraq (1963-1991); Flag of Syria (1963-1972).svg  Iraq Quarter-finals 48,000

Euro 2012

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View of the stadium during the Euro 2012 final match

On 18 April 2007, Poland and Ukraine were chosen by UEFA to co-host the finals of Euro 2012, [9] with the Olimpiyskiy Stadium set to host the final. [10] The reconstruction of the stadium involved the demolition and rebuilding of the lower tier, a completely new west stand with a two-level press box, luxury boxes between the two tiers, the addition of a 13-storey high-rise building to the west (to house the Sheraton Kyiv Olimpiysky Hotel), and the addition of a new roof (of unique design) covering the entire seating area. The capacity of the stadium after the reconstruction is 70,050. Reconstruction began on 1 December 2008, when the winner of a tender was announced. [11] It was scheduled to be finished in 2011. The stadium was officially opened by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on 8 October 2011. [12]

Three Group D matches, a quarter-final and the final were scheduled for here (with the other matches in Group D being played at the Donbass Arena). In the first match, Ukraine beat Sweden by a scoreline of 2–1. The final, held on 1 July 2012, saw Spain thrash Italy by the record-breaking score of 4–0 on the way to their third title.

Matches at Euro 2012

DateTimeTeamResultTeamRoundAttendance
11 June 201221:45Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 2–1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Group D 64,290
15 June 201222:00Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2–3Flag of England.svg  England 64,640
19 June 201221:45Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2–0Flag of France.svg  France 63,010
24 June 201221:45Flag of England.svg  England 0–0 ( a.e.t. )
(2–4 ( p ))
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Quarter-finals 64,340
1 July 201221:45Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 4–0Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Final 63,170

Concerts

When international music superstars or bands come to Kyiv, their concerts are often held in this stadium, as it is the biggest in Ukraine and one of the biggest in Europe. Artists to have performed here include George Michael and Shakira.

The Rolling Stones were scheduled to perform at the stadium on 25 July 2007 as part of their A Bigger Bang Tour, but the concert was moved to Warsaw, Poland because of political crisis and early parliament elections in Ukraine.

On 25 July 2012 was concert of world-famous rock-bands Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kasabian and The Vaccines.

Madonna performed a concert at the stadium on 4 August 2012 as part of her The MDNA Tour. 31,022 people visited her show.

Depeche Mode performed at the stadium on 29 June 2013 during their The Delta Machine Tour, in front of a crowd of 36,562 people.

Famous Ukrainian rock-band Okean Elzy performed and celebrate on the stadium their 20 anniversary on 21 June 2014. 71,045 people visited the show. The band again performed here the sold-out show on 18 June 2016 as a part of their 2016–2017 world tour.

Aerosmith were scheduled to perform at the stadium on 2 July 2014 as part of their Global Warming Tour, but the concert was cancelled due to Russian military intervention to Ukraine.

YearDateMain act(s)Opening act(s)Tour / Concert nameAttendanceAdditional notes
20118 October Flag of Colombia.svg Shakira Ani Lorak
Gaitana
Taisia Povaliy
The Sun Comes Out World Tour Near 60 000The first concert at the reconstructed stadium
201225 July Flag of the United States.svg Red Hot Chili Peppers
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kasabian
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Vaccines
"Tuborg Greenfest 2012"Near 40 000Rock-festival
4 August Flag of the United States.svg Madonna Sebastian Ingrosso
DJ Kirill Doomski
The MDNA Tour 31 022 / 31 022Absolute box office record in Ukraine – $4 893 317
201329 June Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Depeche Mode The Delta Machine Tour 36 562 / 38 640
201421 June Flag of Ukraine.svg Okean Elzy 20 years together More than 70 000
2 July Flag of the United States.svg Aerosmith Global Warming Tour Cancelled due to Russian military intervention to Ukraine
201618 June Flag of Ukraine.svg Okean Elzy SINOPTIK Bez mezh More than 85 000Absolute record audience in Ukraine
6 July Flag of the United States.svg Red Hot Chili Peppers
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Kills
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Nothing but Thieves
Flag of Ukraine.svg The Hardkiss
U-Park Festival Rock-festival
8 July Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Muse
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Hurts
Flag of Finland.svg Poets of the Fall
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg My Vitriol
Flag of Ukraine.svg ШАNA
Rock-festival
201719 July Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Depeche Mode Global Spirit Tour 30,803
23 September Flag of Italy.svg Andrea Bocelli 12,000
201824 August Flag of Ukraine.svg Okean Elzy
31 August Flag of the United States.svg Imagine Dragons Evolve World Tour
30 September Flag of Spain.svg Enrique Iglesias All The Hits Live (Enrique Iglesias)
2019June 16 Flag of the United States.svg Kiss End of the Road World Tour

Transportation

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"Palats sportu" subway station

The stadium is located right in the centre of Kyiv on the right bank of the River Dnipro. The stadium can be approached mainly by either Velyka Vasylkivska Street or Lesi Ukrainki Boulevard. Both streets' southern ends connect to the European route E95, which is known at that part of the city as Druzhby Narodiv Boulevard. However the main arena of the complex does not have a direct access to the mentioned streets and can only be reached through several smaller streets such as Fizkultury, Saksahanskoho, Shota Rustaveli, Esplanadna Streets and Hospitalny Lane.

There are several subway stations on the Kyiv Metro located within walking distance: "Olimpiiska" (~300 metres (0.19 mi)) and "Palats Sportu" (~400 metres (0.25 mi)). These are usually closed during matches. It is possible to use other nearby stations Klovska, Zoloti Vorota, Teatralna, Palats "Ukrayina". In December 2010, Kyiv City State Administration renamed the subway station "Respublikansky Stadion" as "Olimpiiska". [13]

See also

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References

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Vienna
UEFA European Championship
Final venue

2012
Succeeded by
Stade de France
Saint-Denis
Preceded by
Millennium Stadium
Cardiff
UEFA Champions League
Final venue

2018
Succeeded by
Wanda Metropolitano
Madrid