Futuristic Rapid Stadium to open in November


The Rapid Stadium in the southeastern European country Romania – also known as Giulești-Valentin Stănescu Stadium – is being reorganized at the moment and its opening has been planned for November 2020.

It is a very old stadium and opened its doors way back on June 10, 1939. On November 24, 2018, the facility was closed to be torn down, with a new ground planned to take its place. It was the home arena of FC Rapid București – the Romanian professional football club – for almost 80 years.

Rapid Revamp

The Rapid Stadium was entirely demolished in 2019 and the demolition process was over on May 7, 2019. It will be replaced with a new all-seater stadium expected to go on stream in November 2020.The present projected capacity of the all-seater stadium is 14,050 seats. The replacement of the north stand was completed in the mid-1990s, increasing the capacity to 19,100 seats. The design and build contract value of the arena is 32.5 million euro (VAT 19 percent included).

CNI, Romania, the investment company, is the developer of the stadium. Adrian Cefalan is the Investment Director of CNI, Romania. The company is a member of Coliseum, Global Sports Venue Alliance.

The stadium will be overhauled to meet all Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) criterion and, at the same time, respect the existing urbanistic indicators:

  • The surface of the hybrid pitch will be 105 m long and 70 m wide;
  • The stadium will be ranked as a 4th-grade football stadium by UEFA;
  • The venue will boast hybrid-natural turf with drainage, irrigation and under soil heating systems for the winter season;
  • The facility will also enjoy a training course for athletes and, behind each goal, an outdoor training area for athletics;
  • The all-seater arena will also boast accommodation and recovery facilities for athletes;
  • The stadium will also be furnished with administrative spaces, and public spaces in the form of shops, eateries and a museum; and
  • The venue will also boast a devoted space for mediapersons (press speaker, conference room, flash interview area, etc.); and
  • An auditorium for the exclusive use of VIP guests.


Rapid rewind

The construction work of Rapid Stadium started in the year 1936 and the facility was first inaugurated on June 10, 1939. It was the most futuristic stadium in Romania then, and a smaller version of Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium, with a capacity of 12,160 seats. The opening ceremony of the stadium was graced by guests of the likes of King Carol II of Romania, King Michael I of Romania and Prince Paul of Greece.

The Rapid Stadium had also earned itself the nickname ‘Portcoava’ or ‘Horseshoe’, because one end of the stadium had been left open.

The facility remained more or less the same until the mid-1980s when a makeshift stand was placed at the open end. Ten years later, the end was closed with a proper concrete stand.

Stadionul Giulești was further reconfigured in 2003, which included the removal of the iron perimeter fencing, a new pitch and drainage system, and improved VIP facilities.

Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. Arsenal Stadium was a football stadium in Highbury, London, which was the residence of Arsenal Football Club between September 6, 1913, and May 7, 2006. It was popularly known as ‘Highbury’ due to its location. The Arsenals left their famous home stadium ‘Highbury’ in 2006 to move to Emirates Stadium and it is said that by doing so they “lost a valuable piece of their identity”.

King Carol II reigned as King of Romania from June 8, 1930 until his abdication on September 6, 1940. King Michael I was the last King of Romania reigning from July 20, 1927 to June 8, 1930 and again from September 6, 1940 until his forced abdication on December 30, 1947. Prince Paul was King of Greece from 1947 until his death in 1964.

FC Rapid București

FC Rapid București – which played in the old Rapid Stadium for almost 80 years – is domestically one of the most successful clubs in Romania, having won 3 Liga I titles, 13 Cupa României and 4 Supercupa României. The Romanian football club is based in Bucharest. Its present home facility is Rapid Bucuresti Karatein Romania.

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