|1159 (Press seats)|
|192 (Disabled seats)|
|Clubs||FC Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Construction||06.2006 - 29.08.2009|
|Record attendance||53 353 (Shakhtar's 75-year anniversary ceremony, 14.05.2011)|
|Project||Arup Sport Company|
|Other||Club museum, megastore, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, cafe, fitness centre, conference space|
Description: Donbass Arena
When construction was launched in Donetsk, Poland and Ukraine's bid to host Euro 2012 was still a distant dream. However this investment was one of arguments supporting the attempt. First shovel hit the ground on June 27th 2006 and from the very beginning the ground, just like Shakhtar itself, was financed privately by Rinat Akhmetov, the richest man of not only Ukraine, but Europe as well.
There is a saying that private investments don't get as expensive and don't experience as many delays as those made by public authorities. First point didn't work here as final cost was 40% higher than early estimates ($400 mln compared to $250 mln). Second one proved true though, as the stadium was finished ahead of schedule, unlike the public-built Euro 2012 venues.
Opening ceremony was left at August 29th 2009 despite early finishing. That day is a national mining holiday and also the holiday of Donetsk. An occasion worthy of a good celebration – one might say. And that proved right for Donbass Arena which hosted a concert of American star Beyonce among other events of that night. Crowds were flocking the stadium and so they do for football, though sell-outs happen seldomly. Still - when they do, ground can be packed above capacity, like in May 2010, when Dynamo Kyiv came for season ending. 52,518 people watched that game, a result beaten only once so far, when Shakhtar was celebrating its 75-year Anniversary in May 2011.
The simple, universal shape resembles a flying saucer. Roof structure is sloped from the North to the South to let more sunlight in and allow for better circulation, but still the club needs to use lamps to increase pitch quality. That may also be because of the stands which are very high (divided into 3 tiers, not common with stadia of this size). Glass dominates the facades and at night illumination allows the ground to glow strongly. Ironically, the colours are not those of Shakhtar, but... local rivals, Metalurh. Or that's how some want to see it, because blue and yellow are also the national colours after all. Large park of some 25ha has been created rapidly when the stadium was being finished.
Donetsk: Shakhtar to return home in 2016?
This could be great news for the people of Donbass and possibly coach Mircea Lucescu as well. Shakhtar is reported to consider returning to Donbass within months after two-year exile.
Ukraine: Shakhtar to relocate yet again?
Ukraine’s superpower will play the next home game in Odessa. After the fixture Shakhtar may relocate all of its games from Lviv to Odessa.
Donetsk: Donbass Arena becomes a humanitarian aid hub
Instead for tickets, Donetsk citizens were standing in line for food and sanitary products today as Donbass Arena was transformed into a humanitarian aid distribution centre.
Donetsk: Donbass Arena in decent shape
Despite ongoing fights in Donetsk, director of Donbass Arena assures the stadium is fine. There was some damage, but none of it is irreparable and holding games is a matter of preparing the stadium.
Donetsk: Donbass Arena facade falling off
Up to 75% of the glass cladding may be at danger of collapsing, according to latest information from Shakhtar. This follows a vast piece falling down after a strong explosion nearby.
Donetsk: Donbass Arena damaged by shelling
Yesterday morning two large explosions occurred in the north-western part of Donbass Arena. No-one was hurt, but damages are significant. Shakhtar released photos of the site.
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Shakhtar Donetsk began their league campaign today, but holding any game at the ultra-modern Donbass Arena was out of question. The team have taken up tenancy of Arena Lviv, another Euro 2012 ground.
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