Stadion Lokomotiv Płowdiw (Lauta)
|Renovation||2004, 2010, 2013|
|Record attendance||33,000 (Lokomotiv - Chernomorets Burgas, 1983)|
|Address||Lauta Park, 4000 Plovdiv|
Description: Stadion Lokomotiv
Already in 1970s the sports complex Lauta in south-eastern Plovdiv was equipped with several training facilities. In 1980 construction of a new football stadium began. Elliptical land slope stands were ready in 1982.
A year later the stadium saw its largest crowd ever, when Lokomotiv took on Chernomorets Burgas. 33,000 people were reported inside with some 6,000 not able to get into the stadium.
Once Lokomotiv won their first domestic championship in 2004, part of the north-western curve started collapsing. It required dismantling and capacity was cut to 15,000. With seating being installed between 2010 in 2013, the size fell further.
Demolition of north-eastern curve began in 2013 to make way for a new north stand, this time a rectangular one. But the project never got off the ground.
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