Cluj Arena (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈkluʒ aˈrena]) is a multi-use stadium in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It was ready as of October 2011 and is ranked as an UEFA Elite Stadium (Category 4). The stadium is the new home ground of Universitatea Cluj.
|Location||Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania|
|Owner||Cluj County Council|
|Record attendance||82,000 (5 August 2017, Untold Festival)|
|Field size||105 x 68 metres|
|Broke ground||July 16, 2009|
|Opened||October 1, 2011|
|Construction cost||€ 43.96 million|
|Architect||Dico și Țigănaș|
|Main contractors||ACI Cluj|
|Universitatea Cluj (2011–present)|
Olimpia Cluj (2012–present)
U Cluj (rugby) (2013–present)
Romanian national football team (2016-present)
The owner, Cluj County Council, and the Government of Romania paid €43,959,908.37 for the new stadium, which is able to hold 30,201 people. The stadium is composed of 4 two-tier covered stands and a new running track. The seats are grey coloured, with different nuances depending on their position.
The first football and athletics stadium of the city, Ion Moina Stadium, was built between 1908 and 1911. It had one wooden stand and a capacity of 1,500 people. The official inauguration in 1911 was done by organizing a game between a selection of Cluj and Galatasaray Istanbul. It was the first game in Europe for Galatasaray, and the selection of Cluj won 8-1.
In 1961 new stands were built and the capacity of the stadium became 28,000 on wooden benches, while the old stands were moved to Câmpia Turzii. The 1961 stands have a U-shaped appearance, as the name of the team that uses it. The stadium was named after Ion Moina, the fastest sprinter in Europe in 1948.
The demolition process of the old stadium began on November 20, 2008, so that it could free the space for the new one.
On 16 July 2009 the construction of the stadium began. The stadium was due to be finished by July 2011. By July 2011, about 90% of the new stadium was completed. The stadium officially opened for public in the first day of October. Eight days later the Scorpions held a concert 45.000 sold out the arena held a concert and the next day Smokie played at Cluj Arena. The inaugural match was held on October 11, with a friendly between Universitatea Cluj and Kuban Krasnodar. The first official match was a Liga I encounter of Universitatea Cluj and FC Braşov, played on October 17.
There were controversies involving the name of the new stadium. Before the demolition of the 1961-built arena, the stadium was called Ion Moina, but the new one was going to be named differently. While the fans proposed the name of Mircea Luca, a "U" Cluj legendary player, the local authorities were torn between "Cluj Arena" and lending the name to an international company.
|National rugby union matches|
|30 March 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||Steaua București||8 - 19||1,500|
|14 April 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||CSM Bucureşti||49 - 26|
|27 April 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||RCM Timişoara||3 - 45|
|3 May 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||CSM Baia Mare||3 - 67|
|18 May 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||Farul Constanţa||22 - 34|
|20 July 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||Dinamo București||13 - 17|
|16 August 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||CSM Bucureşti||24-19|
|23 August 2013||SuperLiga||U Cluj||Dinamo București||27-10|
|Concerts at Cluj Arena|
|8 October 2011||Scorpions||Get Your Sting and Blackout World Tour||40,000|
|9 October 2011||Smokie||20,000|
|19 July 2012||Roxette||World Tour||22,000|
|7 June 2013||Deep Purple||Cluj Arena Music Fest||20,000|
|8 June 2013||UB40||Cluj Arena Music Fest||13,000|
|17 May 2014||various||Forza ZU||55,000|
|30 July - 2 August 2015||various||Untold Festival||240,000|
|4-7 August 2016||various||Untold Festival||300,000|
|25 June 2017||Andrea Bocelli||Andrea Bocelli World Tour 2017||15,000|
|23 July 2017||Depeche Mode||Global Spirit Tour||31,923|
|2-5 august 2018||various||Untold Festival||355,000|
|1-4 August 2019||various||Untold Festival||372.000|
|4 august 2019||Robbie Williams||Untold Festival-Special guest||80.000|
Cluj Arena is built on the same location as the old stadium, west of the Central Park and next to the Someşul Mic river. The area represents the city's old sport complex, built at the beginning of the century, which included the old stadium, the old indoor arena, and a sports oriented park. There were projects involving the stadium being built in other locations, but the authorities ceased due to public pressure and decided to build the new arena on the same premises.
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