Zeqir Ymeri Stadium
The Zeqir Ymeri Stadium (Albanian: Stadiumi "Zeqir Ymeri"), is a stadium in Kukës, Albania. It is primarily used for football matches and it is the home ground of Albanian Superliga club FK Kukësi The stadium was built on the site of the pre-existing Përparimi Stadium, located near the centre of Kukës on Rruga Stadiumi (Stadium Road).
|Full name||Stadiumi Zeqir Ymeri|
|Former names||Stadiumi Përparimi|
|Owner||Municipality of Kukës|
|Operator||Municipality of Kukës|
|Field size||100 by 74 metres (109 yd × 81 yd)|
|Broke ground||23 June 2012|
|Opened||1 October 2012|
|Construction cost||80 million lek|
|Structural engineer||Vladimir Spahiu|
|General contractor||Fatjoni Sh.P.K|
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During a friendly game between FK Kukësi U17 and KF Liria U17 on 30 November 2013, 17 year old footballer Ilirjan Thaçi collapsed and died on field following a heart attack related to a previously undetected heart problem. Thaçi was born in 1995 and he was a defender on the books at FK Kukësi, his hometown club where he was also a lifelong supporter. He collapsed during the 10th minute of the friendly game and he died having suffered a myocardial infarction, despite efforts to resuscitate him. A minutes silence was held before every game in Albania the following weekend in memory of Thaçi, and there were also calls for the Zeqir Ymeri Stadium to be renamed after Thaçi. A mini tournament was held in his memory consisting of six youth sides from Albania and Kosovo, which was organised by FK Kukësi's president Safet Gjici.
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