Stadion Vassil Levski

Capacity43 632
43,230 (Seats)
402 (VIP seats)
300 (Press seats)
Country Bulgaria
CitySofia
Clubs-
Floodlights 2000 lux
Inauguration 05/07/1953 (Dinamo Sofia - FC Wien)
Renovations 1966, 2002, 2012, 2015
Design Kano Dundakov
Address Blvd Evlogi i Hristo Georgiev 38, 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria

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Description: Stadion Vassil Levski

Traditionally for large, central sports venues in socialist countries, the Vasil Levski Stadium was erected right in the heart of Sofia, in a huge green complex. Although when the famous Borisovata Gradina was selected as new national ground’s location, it was already home to two stadiums. Both of them were demolished with Levski Sofia – that used to reside in one of them – being offered to build a new stadium in the outskirts as compensation.

Since 1953 all major sporting events in Bulgaria took place here, including numerous national team games, club appearances in European competitions, national cup finals or finally athletic tournaments. Also, as there was no better venue in Sofia, the ground amed after national here played host to several large concerts.

When initially built, the stadium was able to hold some 42,000 people and its stands were roughly half the height of the current seating bowl. Expansion came in 1966 and further works were planned for 1998. Due to insufficient funding the project was carried out later, in 2000-2002, leaving the stadium as it is today. Several ideas of a new football-specific stadium were created since, but none came to fruition.

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