Club: FC Steaua & FC Dinamo | Opening: 2011 | Capacity: 55,634 seats
History and description
The Arena Naţională got built on the site of Romania’s previous national stadium, Stadionul Naţional Lia Manoliu, which closed its doors in 2007.
Construction of the new stadium began in 2008, and, with several delays, was completed in 2011. During the building works it was decided to equip the stadium with a retractable roof.
The Arena Nationala officially opened on 6 September 2011 with the Euro-qualifier between Romania and France (0-0).
The stadium is owned by the city of Bucharest, but can be rented by any football club. From the start of the 2012/13 season, Dinamo decided to play all their home league matches at the stadium, though scheduling issues may at times force them back to their traditional home, Stadionul Dinamo.
The Arena Nationala was initially also used by FC Steaua for high-profile league games and all their European games, and in 2015 they decided to play all their home games at the stadium.
The stadium is furthermore the standard playing venue of the Romanian national team.
In 2012, the Arena Nationala hosted the Europa League final between Atletico Madrid and Club Athletic (3-0). It has furthermore been selected as one of the playing venues of the 2020 European Championships, which are played across Europe.
How to get to the Arena Nationala
The Arena Naţională is located in the east of Bucharest at slightly more than 4 kilometres from the city centre. Bucharest’s main railway station (Gara de Nord), which lies north-west of the centre, is about 7 kilometres away from the stadium.
The stadium lies a 15-minute walk away from metro station Piaţa Muncii, which is on the (semi-)circular M1 line. Take the metro from Gara de Nord in the direction of Dristor 2. From the centre, for example station Piaţa Unirii or Izvor, a change at Distror 2 station is needed.
Alternatively, you can catch trolleybus 86 or 90. Bus 86 stops at the main railway station and runs along Bd. Dacia (north of the centre). Bus 90 passes over Bd. Regina Elisabeta and Bd. Carol I right through the city centre.
One can also take tram 40 or 54 from Piaţa Sfânta Vineri (just east of Piaţa Unirii). Both trams pass right by the stadium. Another option is to take bus 104 from Piaţa Unirii.
In all cases your stop is Stadionul Național.
Address: Bulevardul Basarabia 37-39, Bucureşti
Eat, drink, and sleep near Arena Nationala
The Arena Naţionala is located in a mainly residential area. There are a few places to eat or drink around the park on Bd. Basarabia south of the stadium, but in general it will likely be a better idea to do this in Bucharest’s city centre.
There are no hotels directly near the Arena Naţională, but a few options at walking distance near Piaţa Muncii metro station. The Golden Tulip Times Hotel is the most upscale option, whereas Hotel Byblov and Hotel Bliss Confort are more basic, and therefore cheaper options.
Dinamo Bucharest Tickets
Tickets for FC Dinamo matches can be bought online, by phone +40 0752 121 159, or in person at the ticket windows of Stadionul Dinamo or the Arena Nationala in the days before the match.
Dinamo only sells tickets for the bottom tier of the stadium. Prices typically range from RON 15.00 for a seat behind the goal to RON 70.00 for a central seat at the main stand. Tickets for the other side go for RON 25.00 and RON 40.00. Prices are increased for a few high-profile matches.
Steaua Bucharest Tickets
Tickets for Steaua games can be bought online, or at the tickets windows of the Arena Nationala.
Ticket prices can depend on the opponent, but expect to pay from RON 15.00 for a seat behind the goal to RON 100.00 for a central seat at the main stand. Tickets for the other side cost either RON 35.00 or RON 60.00.
Photos of the Arena Nationala
Relevant Internet links
Steauafc.com – Official website of FC Steaua Bucuresti.
Fcdinamo.ro – Official website of FC Dinamo Bucuresti.
Nab.ro – Official website of the Arena Naţională.
Romaniatourism.com – Tourism information for the city of Bucharest.
Metrorex.ro – Information on the Bucharest metro.
Ratb.ro – Bucharest public transport information.