Stadion Dinama – until 2012
|1 000 (VIP section)|
|184 (Press seats)|
|Clubs||FK Dinamo Mińsk|
|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|
Stadion Dinama – historical stadium description
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.
New stadium: Dinamo reborn
One of the most interesting combinations of old and new. Historic arcades are topped by fresh alminium dome. Instead of football-specific, as was planned initially, it's a brand new athletic stadium and quite impressive one too, as proven by hosting rights for the 2nd European Games.
Belarus: 40,000-seater announced for Minsk
President Alexander Lukashenko has confirmed that a second national stadium will be built in the capital of Belarus, twice the capacity of the first one. This time only for football.
Minsk: National stadium ready, opening on June 22
Structurally it's been complete since March, now all installation works are done too. On June 22 the new national stadium of Belarus will open its doors to the public, though not without controversy.
Belarus: Is the second national stadium still planned?
Had everything gone as planned, it would be complete in just 8 months. But as things stand, there's not even a complete design and very little is clear about the stadium. Except that it's still planned.
Belarus: Stadion Dinama structurally complete
Just two months before (re)scheduled delivery all major works are delivered at Stadion Dinama in Minsk. The host of 2019 European Games was visited by the EOC and authorities are pleased with progress.
Belarus: Minsk national stadium significantly behind schedule
It was due for delivery in December but in reality won't be ready until May or June. Over 1,000 people remain at the construction site as race against time continues.
Minsk: Stadion Dinama will be ready in a year
As we’re over 2.5 years since groundbreaking, national stadium of Belarus will remain under construction for 12 more months.
Belarus: Reconstruction of Stadion Dinama well ahead of schedule
Redevelopment works are progressing much faster than initially expected in Minsk, where the old Stadion Dinama will be reopened in 2017. Original timeline suggested readiness in 2019.
Minsk: Dinamo stadium reconstruction to end in 2019?
Carrying it out in previously anticipated time frame is already impossible. But delivering Stadion Dinama for 2019 is “a matter of honor” for Belarus, assistant president assures.
Minsk: Two national stadiums instead of one
The central multi-use stadium was supposed to go football-only, but plans have changed. Now it’ll stay athletic, while new football national stadium is going to grow elsewhere.
Euro 2020: All you need to know about interested countries
Or, in other words, all we were able to find digging a lot deeper than just the brief info released by UEFA. It took us a while, but this is – according to our knowledge – the most comprehensive analysis of Euro 2020 potential bids.
Euro 2020: Confirmed candidates list
Despite UEFA approving bids of up to two stadia per country, most national federations across Europe only expressed interest to host Euro 2020 at one stadium. Here's the list of all confirmed bids.
Minsk: Stadion Dinama demolition delayed already
The schedule for transformation of the old stadium into a world-class arena is extremely tight. Yet Belarussians are already experiencing a slip in the plan. Goals.by rests assured that president Lukashenko's expected deadline will be met.
New designs: Top three visions for national stadium in Minsk
International competition over, prizes given out. Let’s see the three best concepts according to Belarusian jury. Winning one seems to make the best of existing structure.
Belarus: Renderings of national stadium revamp leaked to the press! (photos)
Decision about future shape of Stadion Dinama in Minsk is expected within two weeks. But EuroRadio got the renderings that present potential winning design. Least invasive plan foresees a new roof, while others decided to rebuilt the stadium completely.