Stadionul Naţional

The National Stadium (Romanian: Stadionul Național) is a football stadium in Bucharest, Romania, in the Lia Manoliu Sports Complex. The stadium will host the games of Romania's national football team, as well as the Romanian Cup Final and the Romanian Supercup. The 2012 UEFA Europa League Final will be held at the new stadium. This will be the first final of a European football club competition hosted by Romania.

The stadium is built on the site of the former National Stadium, which was completed in 1953. It is a UEFA Category 4 stadium.

Construction

In October 2005, it was decided to renovate the old stadium. Initial funding was insufficient, prompting authorities to begin a series of repairs in lieu of reconstruction. Later, funds became available and work began in late 2007. The old stadium was demolished between December 18, 2007 and February 20, 2008, although a symbolic removal of seats took place on November 21, 2007, after Romania defeated Albania 6-1 in a qualifying match for Euro 2008.

The construction phase generated some controversy over costs and delays, with Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu claiming that the works were 20 weeks behind schedule in May 2009. On October 8, 2009, it was decided that the stadium should also include a retractable roof worth €20,000,000. Construction was temporarily halted in December 2009 due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Facilities

The venue holds 55,600 people but has expansion capabilities to seat 63,000 people. 3,600 VIP seats are available, with another 126 seats allotted for the press (with a possible expansion to 548 seats). The stadium includes some 360 restrooms and a retractable roof, which can be opened or closed in 15 minutes.It is also endowed with a floodlight system and 2100 parking spaces.

Usage

The National Stadium is a Category 4 venue and will host the UEFA Europa League 2011–12 final, as announced by UEFA at Nyon on January 29, 2009. It was required to host at least two major events beginning in July 2011, one with an attendance of 10,000 and the second with an attendance of at least 40,000.Oțelul Galați have announced that they will host their Champions League matches at the National Stadium.

History

The official inauguration was initially scheduled for August 10, 2011, and was to feature a football match between Romania and Argentina. However on 26 July, Argentina officially cancelled the friendly match after their coach was fired, so the stadium was inaugurated on September 6, 2011, with a UEFA Euro 2012 Group D qualifier match between Romania and France. The game ended 0–0 in front of a crowd of 55,600.

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Transport

The stadium is served by public transport with Bus, trams, trolleybuses and metro.

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