Central Stadium, Kazan: history, address and capacity
Messi, Ibrahimovic and Sneijder played here. The Russian national team and the Kazan Rubin took on rivals here. The history of the main stadium of Kazan is rich in events.
Kazan, Central Stadium: construction history
Kazan has always been a sporting city. However, local clubs for a long time could not boast of the presence of top-end infrastructure. Some progress began only in the second half of the 1950s, when the city authorities first raised the question of the construction of a modern stadium in Kazan. A tender was held, which was confidently won by architect V. E. Portyankin. He was entrusted with the construction of a new house of Kazan athletes.
The works were completed on June 25, 1960. This year the entire Soviet country celebrated the 90th anniversary of the birth of V.I. Lenin. In this regard, the stadium was named after the leader of the world proletariat.
The central stadium of the name of Lenin - so the main arena of Kazan was called up to the early nineties.
Winter and summer
Initially, the capacity of the Central Stadium of Kazan was 30 thousandviewers. Empty tribunes not ever. Indeed, until 1967 there was no indoor skating rink in Kazan. Therefore, in the Central Stadium, they played both football and hockey. It was a standard practice for the USSR. In the warm season, everybody is chasing the ball, and in winter a skating rink is poured onto the field, and the masters of the stick enter their rights.
In 1967, the hockey “SK named after Uritsky” (the current “Ak Bars”) moved to its own arena. Since then, the Central Stadium was dominated by the players of Kazan Iskra. Now this team is much better known under the name "Ruby".
By the beginning of the third millennium, the Central Stadium of Kazan was noticeably outdated. The old type of building literally shouted about the need for reconstruction. However, money for her for a long time could not be found.
The story came to the rescue. In 2005, the millennium of Kazan was pompously celebrated. To this significant date, funds for the reconstruction were finally found. Modernization of the arena was carried out so successfully that, according to its results, the European Football Association awarded the Central Stadium 4 stars. This means that the highest level matches can be held at the Kazan stadium, for example, the qualifying games of the World Cup or the Champions League group stage matches.
Kazan was not slow to take advantage of the new status. In the fall of 2013, the Russian national team played for the first time at the Central Stadium. The country's main team confidently beat rivals from Luxembourg with a score of 4: 1 and was another step closer to the final stage of the 2014 World Cup.
Central Stadium and Celestials
National team is great. However, the main owner of the Central Stadium, of course, is Kazan "Rubin". The brightest pages in the history of the arena are connected with the performances of this team.
As you know, Kazan is the third capital of Russia. At the end of the two thousandths, Rubin confirmed this status, joining the St. Petersburg Zenit as the main force of Russian football, as well as a whole group of Moscow giants. In 2008 and 2009, the team under the leadership of Kurban Berdiyev twice won the Russian championships and got into the Champions League. There she met with great clubs of the level of Barcelona and Milan Inter. Thanks to the success of "Rubin" Kazan fans were able to see on the Central a game of such masters as Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta and Wesley Sneijder.All of them highly appreciated the level of infrastructure, and also admired the unusual look for Europe. The fact is that the address of the Central Stadium of Kazan: Tashayak, 2A. From its stands there is a wonderful view of the Kazan Kremlin and the Millennium Square.
The champion "Rubin" has not yet become, but all this time the team lived near the pedestal. This allowed her from time to time to make her way into the Europa League and bring new famous guests to the stadium.
The history of the arena is not only rich in football. In 2013, Kazan hosted the Summer Universiade competition. Young sportsmen from all over the world came to Tatarstan. A significant part of the competitive program was held at the Central Stadium.
Contribution to the future
By the opening of the Universiade in Kazan, a new ultra-modern stadium, Kazan Arena, was opened. Now Rubin accepts rivals there. But this does not mean that the history of the Central Stadium is over. The Rubin club shop, an indoor arena, a track and field complex and a children's sports section still function here. The heart of sporting Kazan is still beating at the Central stadium.