Russia: Krasnodar builds new stadium in the training centre
source: StadiumDB.com [KT]; author: Karol Tatar
Sergey Galitsky makes his great ideas and dreams come true, improving sports infrastructure. Currently working on the stadium in the Krasnodar training centre, dedicated to the reserves, youth and women teams.
New ground for the whole club
Owner of the Russian football club, Krasnodar entrepreneur and philanthropist, continues to amaze. Without significant media coverage and real-time virtual tours at construction sites, he implements the next step in building the professional facilities for the club from Russian Premier League.
After delivering the most expensive private stadium ever to be built in Russia, Galitsky decided to invest in the new 7,000 seats stadium, where teams of "bulls" of the first and second divisions, the youth team and the women's team will play. The new place could be an answer for the assumed club’s needs. Another stadium was probably required due to the fact the first one is fully occupied mostly.
Training centre as the heart of the future football power
The training compund of FC Krasnodar is called Chetuk after the name of a small river on the banks it stands. It is situated in a picturesque natural location 10 km south from Krasnodar. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the area of the Academy served as the home of the Spanish national team. It provides all necessary infrastructure to train, five full-size natural grass pitches, few grounds of a smaller size with different types of surface, including artificial turf, sand pitch or even tennis-ball grass field.
Chetuk is dedicated to the best players but perhaps more impressive is the mass training complex in Krasnodar proper. Already upon opening of the new main stadium, FC Krasnodar had 18 training fields beside it. Now that another quarter of the city is being transformed for training purposes, the number has grown to 24 and will reach 25 when the new secondary stadium is built. This makes it the largest inner-city football training complex known to us. In total FC Krasnodar has already covered 85 hectares (210 acres), of which over half is used strictly for academy purposes.
New stadium in secrecy
Not much is known about the new football arena. It is difficult to find detailed plans or schedules for the new venue. As usual, Sergei Galitsky does not inform the public about his plans, preferring to immediately do the business. That is why Krasnodar people got to know about the stadium construction when the work had been going on for several months.
Earlier, according to media assumptions it was reported that the stadium will be able to accommodate at least three thousand spectators. Currently there are talks that it is expected to be named Krasnodar-2 (aimed at hosting the second team in professional leagues) and will accommodate up to seven thousand spectators. Now there is active work on the field, stands have been erected, the first part of the roof is being raised, which will protect the fans from bad weather.
FK Krasnodar was founded more a decade ago, in 2008, entering professional football in Russia from the regional third tier. The motivations were simple: the owner's love for the game and a desire to build something of lasting benefit to his home region.
Sergey Galitsky continues to build new power in football, so far: being Russian Cup runner-up (2013/14), three times finishing the Russian Premier League at the 3rd position (2013/14, 2018/19 and 2019/20), twice qualified for the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League (2016/17 and 2018/19).
Currently Tuesdays and Wednesdays are busy for the team, when Krasnodar FC is competing in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Club still counts in the race for the 3rd position and possibility to play at the european stage next year. Competing directly with Stade Rennais FC, the club had to recognize the superiority of Chelsea FC and Sevilla FC.
Author: Karol Tatar