|738 (VIP seats)|
|3,546 (Business seats)|
|1,497 (Press seats)|
|150 (Disabled seats)|
|Clubs||FK Dynamo Kyiv|
|Renovations||1948, 1966-68, 1978-80, 1997-99, 2008-11|
|Cost||4,5 bln UAH (2008-11)|
|Design||L.V.Pilvinsky (1923), Mykhailo Hrechyna (1936-41), GMP Architekten (2008-11)|
|Contractor||KyivMiskBud Holding (2008-11)|
Description: NSK Olimpiyskiy
When opened in 1923, it was called the Red Stadium of Leon Trotsky. A year later patron was dropped and only “red” remained in the name. From that time official naming has changed 8 times (!) to end up with a rather neutral National Sports Complex “Olympic”.
During its long history it has changed several times and in fact what we see now is not the actual stadium from 1923 – that one was dismantled in 1936 and reopened in 1940’s. In the 50’s it got a new main administration building and floodlight masts and in 1966-67 the most important redevelopment took place. New second tier was erected above the previous bowl dug below ground level. This allowed for capacity to double from 1940’s 50,000 to 102,000.
Olympic, or should we say Central – as it was called back then – became one of the World’s largest grounds, but began losing capacity with further modernization works. In 1990’s seats were installed with the total number at 83 450. And finally in 2008-11 stands were slightly remodeled and after all seats changed and main stand having a lot more corporate space, capacity dropped again, this time to 70,050.
Last redevelopment, during which the ground received its monumental façade and giant membrane roof, was done for Euro 2012. NSC Olympic was chosen as the tournament’s final venue. This was however not the first time as the name suggests. Olympics have already taken place here in 1980, when Kyiv was a satellite city to Moscow and second most important for the football part of the event. Later on it also received the status of official Ukraine Cup final venue. Dynamo also plays here regularly when high profile games are on, though in the past they used to host every game here.
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The Olympic Stadium and Arena Lviv still have debt from before Euro 2012 pulling them down. Neither stadium has the resources to cover it, nor does the ministry of sports.
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Olympic Stadium in Kyiv may have hosted the final of Euro 2012 just 5 years ago, but it now needs upgrade in order to satisfy all UEFA requirements ahead of the upcoming Champions League final in 2018.
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Roughly 7,000 seats from Arena Lviv will be transported from Arena Lviv to Kyiv in order to satisfy demand of Eurovision semifinals and final.
Kyiv: Serious financial issues of Olympic Stadium
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All indications suggest it’s very close. By the end of January Ukraine may get its first Champions League final in history. Competition is said to be either small or none at all.
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Quite an unusual offer may soon be on the table with new privatization law to be voted on. If it passes, numerous public companies will go on sale, among them the arenas in Kyiv and Lviv, as Kommersant-Ukraina reports.
Their Euro: Michał (5)
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Euro 2012: Stadia filled beyond capacity, but seats left empty
One day before the final, tickets are again on sale. In previous fixtures thousands of seats were left empty even if declared attendance stood at 99%+. How about more transparency, UEFA?