Donbass Arena

Capacity50 055
CountryUkraine
CityDonieck
ClubsFC Shakhtar Donetsk

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Description: Donbass Arena

This stadium wasn’t built specifically for Euro 2012. It wasn’t even built by any sort of authorities – local or central. It’s quite simply the first privately owned venue of that class in Eastern Europe, built at Rinat Akhmetov’s pleasure. Europe’s richest billionaire gave the venue to Donetsk and his own club, Shakhtar.

Though not meant for Euro, it was among key arguments when it comes to persuading UEFA that Ukraine and Poland are actually able to build a modern stadium. The proof was clearly visible as a vision of top class architects was taking shape already when the executive committee cast their votes. Donbass Arena, named after region, was ready in mid-2009 when other host cities were just starting to erect their arenas. However at quite a price – initially estimated at $250m it allegedly cost $400m in the end.

Euro 2012 games

GameAttendanceTimeStage
France - England 1:1 47,400 11.06.2012 18:00 Group D
Ukraine - France 0:2 48,000 15.06.2012 18:00 Group D
England - Ukraine 0:1 48,700 19.06.2012 20:45 Group D
Spain - France 2:0 47,000 23.06.2012 20:45 Quarterfinal
Portugal - Spain 0:0, 2:4p 47,400 27.06.2012 20:45 Semifinal

Average attendance: 47,700

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Tournament pictures

  • Donbass Arena
    Donbass Arena during Ukraine - France game.,
    15.06.2012 © Krzysztof Wójcicki
  • Donbass Arena
    Donbass Arena ahead of Ukraine - France game.,
    15.06.2012 © Krzysztof Wójcicki
  • Donbass Arena
    Donbass Arena ahead of Ukraine - France game.,
    15.06.2012 © Krzysztof Wójcicki
  • Donbass Arena
    Stadium ahead of France - England game.,
    11.06.2012 © Ilya Dobrioglo
  • Donbass Arena
    Stadium ahead of France - England game.,
    11.06.2012 © Ilya Dobrioglo
  • Donbass Arena
    Donbass Arena decorated with Euro 2012 banners,
    25.05.2012 © ElektraUA.Livejournal.com
  • Donbass Arena
    Donbass Arena decorated with Euro 2012 banners,
    25.05.2012 © ElektraUA.Livejournal.com
  • Donbass Arena
    Donbass Arena decorated with Euro 2012 banners,
    25.05.2012 © ElektraUA.Livejournal.com
  • Donbass Arena
    Donbass Arena decorated with Euro 2012 banners,
    25.05.2012 © ElektraUA.Livejournal.com

Non-tournament pictures

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