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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.[4]

Cluj Arena
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LocationCluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania
Coordinates46°46′6″N 23°34′20″E / 46.76833°N 23.57222°E / 46.76833; 23.57222Coordinates: 46°46′6″N 23°34′20″E / 46.76833°N 23.57222°E / 46.76833; 23.57222
OwnerCluj County Council
OperatorUniversitatea Cluj
Executive suites1,459
Capacity30,201 seated[1]
Record attendance82,000 (5 August 2017, Untold Festival)[2]
Field size105 x 68 metres
Construction
Broke groundJuly 16, 2009
Built2009—2011
OpenedOctober 1, 2011 (2011-10-01)
Construction cost 43.96 million[3]
ArchitectDico și Țigănaș
Main contractorsACI Cluj
Tenants
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 building is located next to the BT Arena and hosts the famous Untold Festival each year.

HistoryEdit

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.[5] The first official match was a Liga I encounter of Universitatea Cluj and FC Braşov, played on October 17.[6]

NameEdit

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.

EventsEdit

Association footballEdit

International football matches
Date Competition Home Away Score Attendance
11 October 2011 Friendly   U Cluj   Kuban Krasnodar 0 - 4 ~26,000
26 September 2012 UEFA Women's Champions League   Olimpia Cluj   Neulengbach 1 - 1 800
8 November 2012 UEFA Women's Champions League   Olimpia Cluj   Torres 0 - 3 1,000
1 August 2013 2013–14 UEFA Europa League   Pandurii Târgu Jiu   Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 - 1 4,996
8 August 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League   Spartak Subotica   Liepājas Metalurgs 10 - 0 200
8 August 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League   Olimpia Cluj   Gintra Universitetas 3 - 0 500
10 August 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League   Spartak Subotica   Gintra Universitetas 6 - 0 100
10 August 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League   Olimpia Cluj   Liepājas Metalurgs 7 - 0 400
13 August 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League   Olimpia Cluj   Spartak Subotica 3 - 8 500
22 August 2013 2013–14 UEFA Europa League   Pandurii Târgu Jiu   Braga 0 - 1 11,500
19 September 2013 2013–14 UEFA Europa League   Pandurii Târgu Jiu   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0 - 1 7,577
7 November 2013 2013–14 UEFA Europa League   Pandurii Târgu Jiu   Fiorentina 1 - 2 11,750
12 December 2013 2013–14 UEFA Europa League   Pandurii Târgu Jiu   Paços de Ferreira 0 - 0 1,213
7 September 2014 Friendly   U Cluj   Shakhtar Donetsk 0 - 2
27 March 2016 Friendly   Romania   Spain 0 - 0 ~28,000[7]
4 September 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification   Romania   Montenegro 1 - 1 25,468
26 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification   Romania   Denmark 0 - 0 26,895

RugbyEdit

ConcertsEdit

Concerts at Cluj Arena
Date Artist Tour Attendance
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[8][9] 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

LocationEdit

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.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.cjcluj.ro/montare-scaune-la-cluj-arena/
  2. ^ Mihai Prodan (August 5, 2017). "Record la Untold, 82.000 la cel mai mare festival din țară, cei mai mulți din istorie". Actual de Cluj.
  3. ^ "Disectia tehnica a super arenei din Cluj" (in Romanian). stirileprotv.ro. 2014-04-04.
  4. ^ "Încă un stadion!" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  5. ^ "Familia "U" s-a intors acasa!" (in Romanian). FC Universitatea Cluj. 2011-10-12. Archived from the original on 2017-04-10. Retrieved 2011-10-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "Ne bucuram foarte mult pentru cele trei puncte!" (in Romanian). FC Universitatea Cluj. 2011-10-17. Archived from the original on 2017-04-10. Retrieved 2011-10-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ "România - Spania 0-0. "Tricolorii", egalii campioanei Europei. Ocazii mari Stanciu şi Andone". Digi Sport. 27 March 2016.
  8. ^ "FORZA ZU a adunat peste 50.000 de oameni pe Cluj Arena!" (in Romanian). Antena 3. 18 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Ce trebuie să știi despre FORZA ZU. Informații despre acces, orar și altele" (in Romanian). Radio ZU. 15 May 2014.

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