Stadion Dinama – until 2012

Capacity34 000
1 000 (VIP section)
184 (Press seats)
Country Belarus
CityMinsk
ClubsFK Dinamo Mińsk
Retire year2012
Floodlights 1,200 lux
Inauguration 12/06/1934
Construction 1930-1934
Renovations 1937-1939, 1947 - 1954, 1978 - 1980, 1999
Design Nikolai Zhemsavich, Mikhail Parusnikov (1947-1954), Sergey Botkovsky, Mikhail Gauhfeld, L. Gelfand, Yu Spesivtsev (1978-1980)
Address ul. Kirova 8/2 Minsk, Belarus

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Description: Stadion Dinama

During its almost 80-year history the Dinamo stadium in Minsk became a true landmark of the capital, one of the most iconic sports venues in Belarus and the former USSR. It all began with plans back in the 1920s, groundbreaking took place in 1930 and 4 years later the building was ready. And already after 2 years the need arose to expand it, which came to fruition in 1939.

But then came WWII and led to the stadium beding destroyed. Reconstruction took 8 years, resulting in reopening only in 1954. This is when the distinctive arch was built at the main gate. When redone, it was a fully-equipped multi-use stadium with even an electronic scoreboard, not common in those days. Capacity of the single tier reached 35,000.

The biggest renovation in its history came when the 1980 USSR Olympics preparations were ongoing across the union. This is when the second tier was added on top of the main stand, along with fresh floodlight masts. Also, the south entrance received the famous runners' monument above the gate, created by famous sculptor Valentin Zankovich. With capacity of 44,000, the stadium received its final shape at that point and hosted some of the Olympic football games.

Afterwards it was known primarily for games of Dinamo Minsk and, since 1992, also the national team of Belarus. The very last major renovation took place in 1999, when the conversion to all-seating was made. It resulted in capacity reduction of some 10,000. The Olympics aside, Stadion Dinama hosted a wide array of football internationals, including the 1984 U21 European Championship or BATE Borisov's games in the Champions League. But above all, perhaps, the ground saw Dinamo win the USSR championship in 1982, a feat rarely celebrated outside Russia.

Known primarily for sports and architecture, the stadium also played a political role. In 1989 it hosted a rally of the Belarusian opposition, while from 1990s it also drew thousands for concerts.

The end came in 2012, when it was closed and in following years all of the auditorium was demolished. As a form of consolation, both the famous arcades surrounding the stadium and decorative gates were preserved. Initially it was to be redeveloped for football only but later the vision changed to make it multi-use again, except in a modern form.

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  • Stadion Dinama
    31.01.2006 © Hanna Zelenko

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