Toše Proeski Arena

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Toše Proeski National Arena (Macedonian: Национална арена "Тоше Проески") is a sports stadium in Skopje, North Macedonia. It is currently used mostly for football matches, but sometimes also for music concerts or athletics. It is the home stadium of FK Vardar and FK Rabotnički from Skopje, both of which compete in the Macedonian First League, as well as the home ground of the North Macedonia national football team on almost all occasions (the other venues rarely chosen being the Goce Delčev Stadium in Prilep, or SRC Biljanini Izvori in Ohrid).

National Arena Toše Proeski
Национална Арена Тоше Проески
Night shot
Former namesGradski Stadium (1947–2009)
Philip II National Arena (2009–2019)
LocationSkopje, North Macedonia
Coordinates42°0′20.64″N 21°25′32.13″E / 42.0057333°N 21.4255917°E / 42.0057333; 21.4255917Coordinates: 42°0′20.64″N 21°25′32.13″E / 42.0057333°N 21.4255917°E / 42.0057333; 21.4255917
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
FK Vardar
FK Rabotnički
North Macedonia national football team

The stadium was previously known as the City Stadium Skopje (Macedonian: Градски стадион Скопје; Gradski Stadium Skopje) until 2009 and Philip II National Arena (Macedonian: Национална арена "Филип Втори") until 2019. By an executive decision of the government of North Macedonia adopted on 9 April 2019, the National Arena was to be renamed "National Arena Todor Proeski" in honour of the Macedonian pop icon Todor "Toše" Proeski.[1][2] With the capacity of just over 33,000, the National Arena is the largest stadium in the country and one of the largest in Southeastern Europe.[3]

The stadium hosted the UEFA 2017 Super Cup final.[4]

Reconstruction and expansionEdit

The project for the south stand was designed in 1977 by architects Dragan Krstev and Todorka Mavkova from Beton. Construction of the stadium in its present form began in 1978, with the building of the south stand, which took two years to finish. The reconstruction and expansion started after a long delay in project implementation in January 2008. The construction of a new north stand was finished in August 2009 and was put in use on 2 August 2009, the Macedonian national holiday "Ilinden". Ten days later, on 12 August, the Macedonia national football team played a friendly match against then European Champions Spain, as part of the 100-year anniversary of football in Macedonia.[5]

The reconstruction of the southern stand started in 2009, which was put into operation on 30 July of that year for the match between FK Rabotnički and Liverpool FC.[6]

On 8 September 2009, the construction of the new western and eastern stands started. The two new stands were open for the public on 24 April 2011.[2] By mid July 2012, the majority of the stadium was completed with the reconstruction of the new pitch and athletic track. On 25 July 2012, FK Vardar played FC BATE Borisov in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League to re-open the stadium.[7][8] On 8 September 2012, the Independence Day of the Republic of Macedonia, a celebration was held when almost 50,000 visitors attended the event (in the stands and on the field).[2] This event set the record of attendance for the stadium.[2]

Construction costEdit

Since 2008, the stadium has seen investment of about two billion denari, or €32 million. The second phase, which got underway in November 2011, saw the reconstruction of the pitch and athletic track. The athletic track around the pitch, from the original 6 was extended to 8 running tracks and it uses Tartan track surface. Total cost for this phase is €3.5 million.[9] The stadium was finished in 2013 with the completion of a new illuminated outer facade. The total construction cost for all actions related to the stadium in the period 2008–2013 reached over €60 million.[10]

Notable matchesEdit




  1. ^ "Не било мајтап: "Филип Втори" и официјално преименуван во Арена "Тоше Проески"!". 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Историјат на Национална Арена Тоше Проески – АДСДП на РСМ". Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Стадион – Капацитет – АДСДП на РСМ". Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  4. ^ (9 August 2016). "FYR Macedonia to host 2017 UEFA Super Cup game".
  5. ^ "Home – Macedonian Football". Macedonian Football.
  6. ^ Echo, Liverpool (22 July 2010). "Liverpool FC to face FK Rabotnicki in UEFA Europa League qualifier".
  7. ^ "Home – Macedonian Football". Macedonian Football.
  8. ^ " Vardar-BATE 0:0". 25 July 2012.
  9. ^ [1][bare URL]
  10. ^ Beton, IKT. "HISTORY".
  11. ^ Vardar-Dinamo Bucureşti 1:0; UEFA Cup First round
  12. ^ Vardar-Porto 0:3; European Cup First round
  13. ^ Vardar-Pelister 1:0; Macedonian Cup final
  14. ^ Macedonia-Denmark 1:1; UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
  15. ^ Macedonia-Spain 0:2; UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
  16. ^ Pobeda-Parma 0:2; UEFA Cup First round
  17. ^ Vardar-CSKA Moscow 1:1; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
  18. ^ Vardar-Sparta Prague 2:3; UEFA Champions League 3rd qual. Round
  19. ^ Macedonia-England 1:2; UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
  20. ^ Vardar-Roma 1:1; UEFA Cup First Round
  21. ^ Macedonia-Netherlands 2:2; FIFA World Cup qualification
  22. ^ Rabotnički-Lokomotiv Moscow 1:1; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
  23. ^ Rabotnički-Lille 0:1; UEFA Champions League 3rd qual. Round
  24. ^ Rabotnički-Bolton 1:1; UEFA Cup First Round
  25. ^ Macedonia-Croatia 2:0; UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
  26. ^ Macedonia-Scotland 1:0; FIFA World Cup qualification
  27. ^ Rabotnički-Liverpool 0:2; UEFA Europa League 3rd qual. Round
  28. ^ Macedonia-Ireland 0:2; UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
  29. ^ Rabotnički-Lazio 1:3; UEFA Europa League Play-offs
  30. ^ Vardar-BATE Borisov 0:0; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
  31. ^ Vardar-APOEL 1:1; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
  32. ^ Rabotnički-Rubin Kazan 1:1; UEFA Europa League Play-offs
  33. ^ Macedonia-Spain 0:1; UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
  34. ^ Macedonia-Italy 2:3; FIFA World Cup qualification
  35. ^ Macedonia-Scotland 2:0; UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
  36. ^ Vardar-Fenerbahçe 2:0; UEFA Europa League Play-offs
  37. ^ Vardar-Zenit 0:5; UEFA Europa League Group stage
  38. ^ ; UEFA Champions League – Coaching Staff Joe Newton and Teddy Harper
  39. ^ North Macedonia-Kosovo 2:1; UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs
  40. ^ Шекеровска, Катерина (19 June 2007). "Таркан – професионалец за спектакли". Utrinski vesnik. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  41. ^ "61.000 гледачи на Филип Втори – спектакуларна прослава на Денот на независноста". 9 September 2012. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.

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Preceded by
UEFA Super Cup
Match venue

Succeeded by