Estonian national team sell out against all “big names”, which is why the national stadium will gain 50% in terms of capacity. The government has secured €5 million for the project.
A. Le Coq Arena is the stadium known across Eastern Europe very well, especially early into the past decade. This is when other countries had very poor infrastructure and Estonia built one of the first very modern stadiums in the region.
Today neither the clubs nor the national team have to worry about having a home ground advantage in European games and Estonia did see some memorable scores at the arena. They managed to beat Russia, Uruguay and Poland at home, while tying against the Netherlands, Croatia and Portugal, among others.
Attendance-wise the clubs still hardly need as many seats as the stadium offers today (nearly 10,000), but the national team manages to sell out major fixtures. This is why the Estonian Football Association (EJL) announced plans to expand to some 15,000 seats. This way it should raise the popularity of live football and EJL also suggests tickets may become more affordable.
The Estonian government already earmarked €5 million for the expansion.