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Ukraina Stadium (Ukrainian: стадіон Україна) is a multi-purpose stadium in Lviv, Ukraine. It is currently used mostly for association football matches, and is the home of FC Karpaty Lviv. "Ukraina" is also an alternative stadium for the Ukraine national football team where it played several of its qualification games for various tournaments. The stadium is located in the central part of the city in the Snopkiv Park which is classified as the monument of park architecture (landscape art).
|Former names||Druzhba (1963-1990)|
|Location||Halych district, Lviv, Ukraine|
|Owner||City of Lviv|
|Field size||105x68 (field)|
|Architect||Yaroslav Nazarkevych, Larysa Skoryk, Yaroslav Porokhnavets, Volodymyr Blyusyuk|
|Karpaty Lviv / SKA Karpaty Lviv (1963-2011, 2013-) |
Ukraine national football team (2001-2011)
Lviv FC (2008-2009)
During Soviet times, the stadium was called Druzhba (Ukrainian: Дружба), which means "friendship". It was named after Druzhba park that was building along with it in historical neighborhood of Snopkiv. The stadium was erected in three years by the method of public construction (collective construction), meaning that each big company of Lviv was responsible for construction of its own part of the future stadium. The construction was headed by the third secretary of the Communist Party City Committee, Vasyl Mazur, who also took part in the construction. The architects were Yaroslav Nazarkevych, Larysa Skoryk, Yaroslav Porokhnavets, Volodymyr Blyusyuk. The official debut game took place on August 18, 1963 when the local Karpaty Lviv were playing against the visiting Zalgiris Vilnius. On the 86th minute Ivan Dykovets failed to convert a penalty kick and the game ended in the loss by the home team, 0:1.
In its initial years the Druzhba Stadium had capacity to hold 41,700 seated spectators. The most attended games were an exhibition game with Palmeiras (Brazil) on May 26, 1970 (around 50,000) and the game with Dynamo Kyiv on June 27, 1971 as part of the 1971 Soviet Top League season (51,000). On October 13, 1971 the Soviet Union Olympic football team was hosting its opponents from Austria in a qualification game for the 1972 Summer Olympics.
In 1990 by the initiative of the president of Karpaty Lviv, Karlo Miklyosh (former member of Ukraina Lwow), the name of stadium was changed to "Ukraina". In 1999 the stadium was renovated in preparation to the Karpaty's participation in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, after which the stadium's capacity was reduced to 28,051. In 2007 a new grass pitch was installed at the stadium. Ukraina also has four floodlight towers with lighting power of 1,200 lux.
Ukraine national team matchesEdit
|5 September 2001||WCQ||Ukraine||3-0||Armenia|
|7 June 2003||EQ||Ukraine||4:3||Armenia|
|13 October 2004||WCQ||Ukraine||2:0||Georgia|
|20 August 2008||F||Ukraine||1:0||Poland|
|6 September 2008||WCQ||Ukraine||1:0||Belarus|
|29 May 2010||F||Ukraine||3:2||Romania|
- Senkiv, A. How comfortable to attend the UPL games: Ukraina Stadium (Наскільки комфортно ходити на матчі УПЛ: стадіон "Україна"). Football 24. 15 March 2017
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