Ludogorets Arena

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Ludogorets Arena
Ludogorets arena in Razgrad ,Bulgaria.png
Ludogorets Arena before its second expansion in 2017
UEFA 4/4 stars
Full name Ludogorets Arena
Former names Dyanko Stefanov Stadium
Location Razgrad, Bulgaria
Coordinates 43°32′4.4″N 26°31′39.8″E / 43.534556°N 26.527722°E / 43.534556; 26.527722
Owner Municipality of Razgrad
Operator Ludogorets Razgrad
Capacity 11,000 (current)[1][2]
12,000 (projected)
Surface Grass
Scoreboard 9 x 6 m digital
Construction
Built 1954[2]
(as Dyanko Stefanov Stadium)
Opened 25 September 2011[4]
(as Ludogorets Arena)
Expanded 2015, 2017, 2018
Architect Ardist OOD, RB Green OOD[3]
Tenants
Ludogorets Razgrad (2011–)
Ludogorets Razgrad II (2015–2017)
Dunav Ruse (2016-2017)
Bulgaria national under-21 football team (2015–)
Bulgaria national football team (2018–)
Website
www.ludogorets.com/bg/stadium/

Ludogorets Arena (Bulgarian: Лудогорец Арена) is a multi-purpose stadium in Razgrad, Bulgaria. It is currently used for football matches and is the home ground of local football club PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, the stadium has a seating capacity of 10,422 spectators and electric floodlights.[5]

History[edit]

The stadium was officially opened on 25 September 2011, with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov present at the ceremony.[4]

Starting from August 2014, Ludogorets began a project to reconstruct the stadium and expand its capacity to 12,500, in order to accommodate European tournament matches.[citation needed]

The first stand to be reconstructed was officially unveiled on 15 May 2015, as Ludogorets clinched their fourth consecutive Bulgarian First League title in a 4-1 win against Lokomotiv Sofia,[6] the sector carries a capacity of 2,038[7] people and was named after Romanian defender Cosmin Moți in recognition of his performance during the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League play-off round second leg against Steaua București, when he replaced the sent-off goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov to save two penalty kicks and score one himself, qualifying his team to the group stage for the first time in the club's history.[8]

On 12 August 2017, the club inaugurated the newly modernized east stand before a league match against Vereya Stara Zagora,[9] the stand, which was built in just five months, added 3,500 seats to the stadium's capacity, bringing the total number up to 9,000 seats.[7] This allowed Ludogorets Arena to host Champions League and Europa League group stage matches for the first time ever, starting from the 2017-18 season onwards. Club officials later announced that they will build a copy of the 'Moți' stand on the north end next, before proceeding with construction of the main one.[7]

On 28 September 2017, the stadium hosted its first ever European competition group stage game, as Ludogorets defeated 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 in a Group C Europa League fixture, with 6,155 fans in attendance.[10]

On 11 July 2018, Ludogorets officially opened the newly renovated north stand before their Champions League first round game against Crusaders FC, the sector added a further 2,208 seats to the stadium's capacity, raising it to 11,000.[1]

Other tenants[edit]

Ludogorets Arena has hosted a number of other teams since its reopening in 2011. Between 2015 and 2017 it was home to Ludogorets' reserve team, Ludogorets Razgrad II, before they moved to the newly-built 2,000 capacity Eagles' Nest located at the club's training centre, the Sport Center Ludogorets.[citation needed]

Following the promotion of Dunav Ruse to the First League in 2016, their Gradski Stadium had to be renovated to meet the licensing criteria of the Bulgarian Football Union. Starting from July 2016, Dunav played their home games at the Ludogorets Arena, until they returned to Ruse on 28 April 2017.[11][12]

National teams[edit]

On 8 September 2015, Ludogorets Arena hosted the Bulgaria national under-21 football team for the first time ever, as they defeated Luxembourg 3-0 in a Group 5 qualifier for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in front of a crowd of 2,200. As of March 2018 this remains the only under-21 game played in Razgrad.[13]

The stadium was host to the Bulgarian national football team for the first time on 23 March 2018, in a 0-1 friendly game loss against Bosnia and Herzegovina.[14]

Attendance figures[edit]

Season League att. Games Average Change Cup att. Games European att. Games Total
attendance
Notes
2011–12 56,370 15 3,758 -- 5,000 1 - - 61,370 First season in top division
2012–13 41,560 15 2,771 –26.3% 3,000 1 4,000 1 48,560 First season in European competitions
2013–14 58,800 19 3,095 +11.7% 8,190 4 10,890 2 77,880
2014–15 54,780 16 3,424 +10.6% 11,520 3 10,104 2 76,404
2015–16 49,390 17 2,905 –15.2% 0 0 5,120 1 54,510
2016–17 36,980 18 2,054 –29.3% 630 1 13,759 2 51,369
2017–18 34,490 18 1,916 –6.7% 480 1 44,671 7 79,641 First group stage and knockout European games
Total 332,370 118 2,817 -- 28,820 11 88,544 15 449,734

Notes:

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "С водосвет откриха най-новия сектор на „Лудогорец Арена"" (in Bulgarian). Darik News. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Ludogorets Arena". Stadium DB. 3 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ludogorets PFC Concept Presentation" (PDF). Ardist OOD. 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Лудогорец откри луксозния си стадион (видео + галерия)" (in Bulgarian). Sportal.bg. 25 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ludogorets Arena" (in Bulgarian). PFC Ludogorets Official Website. 3 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Пълна доминация и впечатляващ рекорд! Лудогорец шампион за четвърти пореден път! (видео)" (in Bulgarian). Sportal.bg. 15 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "Bulgaria: Ludogorets open new grandstand". Stadium DB. 15 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Сектор Б на "Лудогорец Арена" става трибуна "Моци", героят Козмин удря шампанското в един от багерите тази неделя" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  9. ^ "Лудогорец откри сектор "В" - кметът на Разград: Всички искат да са на мое място (видео+снимки)" (in Bulgarian). Sportal.bg. 12 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "LUDOGORETS VS. HOFFENHEIM 2 - 1". Soccerway. 28 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "„Дунав" се завърна в Русе със загуба" (in Bulgarian). Darik News. 28 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "БФС официализира завръщането на „Дунав" в Русе". (in Bulgarian) fcdunav.eu. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "BULGARIA U21 VS. LUXEMBOURG U21 3 - 0". Soccerway. 8 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Официално: България ще изиграе две контроли, едната ще бъде на "Лудогорец Арена"" (in Bulgarian). Sportal.bg. 10 February 2018. 

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