Stadionul Ion Oblemenco – until 2014
|Clubs||FC Universitatea Craiova|
|Other names||Stadionul Central (1967-1996)|
|Inauguration||29/10/1967 (Romania - Poland 2-2)|
|Record attendance||40,000 (Universitatea - Ceahlăul Piatra-Neamţ)|
|Address||Bvd. Maresal Ion Antonescu, Craiova|
Stadionul Ion Oblemenco – historical stadium description
Initially known simply as the Central Stadium, it wasn't really central in terms of location. Sitting south of the strict center of Craiova, it was the city's largest sports venue since opening in 1967. The very first game was played between Romania and Poland, though further internationals weren't too frequent.
In 1980s, during Universitatea's heyday, it was the site of memorable games with the like of Bayern, Inter, Benfica or Leeds. From 1996 onwards its name was Ion Oblemenco, to commemorate the late legend of local football.
Following the modernisation in 2002 it became one of Romania's most modern venues. All-seater with brand new floodlights, it was downsized from its 30,000+ capacity to just beyond 25,000 and yet it again attracted games of the national team.
Despite modest efforts to keep it up-to-standards, the old landfill terracing with 25 rows of seats soon proved obsolete. In 2014 the very last game was played here and construction of the successor, for the first time without a running track, began the following year.
New stadium: Ion Oblemenco is now an egg
Not just any egg, the Brâncuși egg. Loose inspiration and yet the outcome is really satisfying. This Romanian stadium indeed deserves to be among your nominees for Stadium of the Year 2017!
Romania: Construction fail in Craiova causes further mockery
When construction workers at the largest stadium build in Romania began joining two halves of the stadium's dome, it turned out one piece is 25-30cm taller than the other...
Romania: Another delay for Ion Oblemenco
New football stadium in Craiova is delayed yet again. And it seems like it won’t be the last time because it doesn’t look like ending in half a year.
New construction: The egg in Craiova growing
The biggest ongoing stadium build in Romania is from now on available at StadiumDB. Also check the updated renderings to see what’s being delivered west of Bucharest.
Romania: Real Madrid in Craiova next year?
Mayor of Craiova admitted she would love to see Real Madrid play in her home city during stadium opening. But the 30,000-seater may witness a completely different rival for local team Universitatea.
Romania: Brâncuși egg under construction!
Some thought this wouldn’t happen and yes, we were among them. But apparently it’s real, because demolition of the old stadium began last week in Craiova, Romania. New 31,000-seater will replace it.
Romania: Government approves funds for Craiova stadium
New 30,000-seater in Craiova is moving forward as Romanian government will provide 90% of the required €55 million. Opening is expected in early 2017.
Romania: Groundbreaking in Craiova possible in May?
Tender for construction of the new 30,000-seater in southern Romania has been launched. Works may start as soon as in May 2015, leaving just 13 months for delivery of the entire project.
New design: The egg-stadium from Romania
A stadium for 30,000 people at a price almost impossible in most European countries ? Sounds interesting and looks even more so with a one-of-a-kind architecture.
Romania: New stadium for Craiova in 2016
In half a year we should see the old stadium's demolition commence, while in October construction works on new Stadionul Ion Oblemenco are to begin. Unfortunately the project has been downscaled, leaving the impressive renderings only a memory.
Romania: Craiova facing expropriation trouble ahead of new stadium construction?
With many observers still stunned by the ambitious plans of Craiova mayor, the city faces a major obstacle, which may not hold the project overall, but inflate its budget significantly. Gazeta de Sud report.
New design: Unbelievable gem from Romania
And literally unbelievable – many people laugh at the plans they think cannot become reality. Indeed, the stadium is far more impressive than any other presented for any Romanian city to date. But Craiova mayor insists she wants to make it the biggest thing under her reign.
Romania: Chinese investor will make Craiova's dream come true?
The municipality is still hoping to get the desired EU funding for their new 38,000-seater, but if not, a 'Plan B' option just appeared. Chinese investors are interested in building it.
Romania: More new stadiums? Time for Craiova and Suceava
Authorities in Craiova remain determined to bring a new stadium to the city and even raise the ambition to 38,000 spectators. Meanwhile in less known Suceava a private partner may build the much needed stadium.