Club: FC Dinamo Bucureşti | Opening: 2011 | Capacity: 55,634 seats
History and description
Arena Naţională got build 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.
Arena Naţională officially opened on the 6th of 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, FC Dinamo have 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.
Arena Naţională is also regularly used by FC Steaua for high-profile league matches and all their European matches. FC Rapid also uses the stadium for European matches.
The stadium is furthermore the standard playing venue of the Romanian national team.
In 2012, the Arena Naţională hosted the Europa League final between Atlético de Madrid and Club Athletic (3-0).
The Arena Naţională is located in the east of Bucharest, slightly more than 4 kilometres from its 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, one 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
The Arena Naţională 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, Hotel Bliss Confort, and Hostel Peaches are more basic, and therefore cheaper options.
Tickets for FC Dinamo matches can be bought online, by phone +40 0752 121 159, at the ticket windows of Stadionul Dinamo, or at the ticket windows of the Arena Naţională.
Dinamo only sells tickets for the bottom tier of the stadium. Prices typically range from RON 10.00 for a seat behind the goal to RON 150.00 for a central seat at the main stand. Tickets for the other side go for RON 20.00 and RON 30.00. Prices are increased for a few high-profile matches.
See the entry for Stadionul Steaua for more information on how to buy FC Steaua tickets. Ticket prices for Steaua league matches at the Arena Naţională typically range from RON 10.00 to RON 150.00.
Relevant Internet links
Nationalarenabucuresti.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.