Club: FC Metalist Kharkiv | Opening: 1926 | Capacity: 38,633 seats
History and description
Construction of Metalist Stadium started in 1925 and finished with its official opening on the 12th of September 1926. The first match was played between Metalist and Dnipropretovsk (2-2).
The stadium underwent several renovations in the 1960s and 1970s. It achieved its record attendance in 1980 when 42,000 people visited the USSR league match between Metalist and Tavria.
After the stadium had been selected as a venue for the Euro 2012 Championships, another series of reconstruction works started. These works included the complete rebuilding of the East and South Stand, as well as the construction of a new roof held up by 24 iron legs from outside of the stadium.
Metalist Stadium hosted three group matches during the Euro 2012 tournament.
(photos of the present Metalist Stadium below)
Metalist Stadium is located south-east of Kharkiv’s city centre, almost 3 kilometres from the edge of the centre. It furthermore lies about 5 kilometres from Kharkiv’s Freedom Square and about the same distance from Shevchenko park, which both lie more towards the north of the centre.
Kharkiv’s main railway station, which has train connections to most cities in Ukraine, is situated more towards the east, again about 5 kilometres from the stadium.
Metro stop Sportyvna is located right next to the stadium. The red metro line connects the stadium directly with the main railway station (stop Pivdenny Vokzal) and the city centre (stop Radianska).
From the area around Freedom Square one can catch a green line metro and get off at station Metrobudivnykiv im. H.I. Vashchenka, which also lies right next to the stadium.
Address: Plekhanivska St. 65, 61001 Kharkiv
Eat, drink, and sleep
The area around Metalist Stadium is main residential with large apartment blocks. While you may find the odd place for something to eat, it is likely a better idea to do this in Kharkiv’s city centre.
There is one hotel located directly near the stadium, which is Nadiya Hotel. Closer to the city centre, but still at walking distance from the stadium, are the well-rated Viva Hotel, the affordable Hotel AN-2, and the even cheaper Tsaritsynskiy Hotel.
Tickets for FC Metalist matches can be purchased at the ticket office at the stadium, at the Metalist Fanshop located at Metalist’s academy, at one of the 55 Café Kulinichi coffee shops in the area, or at any of the Alfapay payment terminals.
FC Metalist has very decent average attendances of about 25,000 visitors per game and therefore does sell out the occasional high-profile match.
The cheapest tickets in the lower curves go for UAH 15.00. Higher up, the tickets cost between UAH 20.00 and UAH 35.00, whereas the tickets for the long sides range in price from UAH 40.00 to UAH 85.00.
The prices for the tickets at the long sides get increased with UAH 5.00 to UAH 20.00 for the matches against Dynamo, Dnipro, and Shakhtar.
The club offers guided tours around the stadium that last about 75 minutes. Tours are held three times a week: Tuesday at 2:00pm, Friday at 5:30pm, and Saturday or Sunday at 2:00pm. There are no tours on matchdays.
The tour costs UAH 30.00. Tickets can be bought at the ticket office at the stadium, in pre-sale or before the start of the tour.
For more information, call +38 (0) 67 546 64 21 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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