Ukraine - Kharkiv
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Originally built in 1926 Metalist Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in the country. FC Metalist Kharkiv's ground has received numerous facelifts down the decades - the latest being the renovation in creating the Metalist City Complex for the UEFA EURO 2012 tournament which sees the capacity raised to 38,633, although for the tournament the capacity will be 35,721. It's been nicknamed 'the Spider Arena' by locals because of the structured 'legs' that support the roof - one of the outstanding features of its design.
With each facelift the stadium also received a new name - firstly known as the Tractor Stadium until 1949 and then the Dzerzhinets Stadium until 1967 when it was renamed the Metalist Stadium. For the Euro 2012 tournament the stadium will be known as the Regional Sports Complex Metalist.
The current reconstruction began in June 2007 and the main feature of this rebuild is the roof - it can withstand an earthquake of level 8 on the Richter scale.
The stadium has kept the running track surrounding the pitch making the stadium suitable for international athletics.
The polycarbonate roof covers all seats and the stadium also houses a spare football field, six gymnasiums, a health and recreation centre and a hotel.
GENERAL INFO & STATS
There are a total of 38,663 seats after the current modernisation but the capacity for the tournament the capacity will be reduced to 35,721.
There are a total of 88 turnstiles, 2 of which are for disabled supporters; the stadium is equipped with two giant screens.
75 minute tours of the stadium are available three times a week at a cost of 30 UAH. Tue 14:00pm, Fri 17:30pm and Sat/Sun at 14:00. Tours will not be available on matchdays at the stadium during the tournament. To book a tour or make enquiries Tel: (067) 546-6421 email email@example.com