Refashioned Steaua Stadium to open in 2020


The Steaua Stadium – also known as the ‘GHENCEA Stadium’ – was a football stadium in Bucharest, Romania – which was totally knocked down in the year 2018. The venue is currently being refashioned and is set to open its gates once again in October 2020.

The football stadium in Bucharest, Romania, which was the home ground of Romanian football club Steaua București – opened its doors on April 9, 1974.

Steaua revamp

The Steaua Stadium which was entirely demolished in 2018 will be rebuilt as an all-seater football stadium in order to meet all Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) benchmarks for sporting events and will be Level-4 classified by UEFA.

The stadium will enjoy the following features:

  • Personal spaces for football teams and sports officials (personal lockers for athletes and referees, indoor heating rooms, recovery room, gym, first aid point, etc.);
  • Exclusive space for journalists (press room, conference room, interview flash area, etc.);
  • Exclusive space for VIP guests;
  • Lodging facilities for athletes;
  • Museum devoted to the sports club (all disciplines);
  • The arena will boast administrative and public spaces;
  • The arena will also boast 1,400 sq m of administrative spaces – offices for exclusive use of CSA Steaua – a major multisports club based in Bucharest and run by the Ministry of National Defence. Founded in 1947, it is one of the most successful clubs in Romania along with Dinamo Bucharest, and among the most successful multisport clubs in Europe;
  • The soccer pitch, with a length of 105 m and a width of 70 m, will be provided with natural and hybrid grass, armed with deicing and drainage facilities; and
  • The facility will boast 31,254 seats.

The design and build contract value of the stadium is 78 miliobns 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.

Stadionul Steaua revamp

Stadionul Steaua, also known as GHENCEA Stadium, officially opened on April 9, 1974, with a friendly match between Steaua București and OFK Belgrade. The stadium was the first big soccer-specific stadium that opened in the southeastern European country Romania.

Stadionul Steaua underwent massive spruce-up work in 1996, which included refurbishment of the interiors and the installation of proper seats on the stands. It again went through a small-scale renovation work in 2006 to make it eligible to host Champions League matches.

The stadium was traditionally the home of Steaua București, but following the opening of the new Arena Nationala in 2011 the club decided to play their important home games at the new stadium. In 2015, they moved to the Arena Nationala permanently, though with the intention to build a new ground in place of Stadionul Steaua.

Besides being the home of Steaua, the stadium was, until the opening of the Arena Nationala, also a regular playing venue of the Romanian national team.

At the time it was one of the first football-only stadiums ever built in Romania, as there are no athletic (track and field) facilities, and the stands are very close to the pitch.

The original capacity was 30,000 on benches, but in 1991 when the plastic seats were set up, the capacity dropped to 28,365, along with 126 press seats, 440 seats in VIP boxes and 733 armchairs. The floodlights with a density of 1400 lux were installed in 1991. The stadium was again given a facelift in 1996 and 2006 in order to host UEFA Champions League.

Steaua București

Fotbal Club Steaua București is a Romanian professional football club based in Bucharest. Founded in 1947 as Asociația Sportivă a Armatei București, it has spent its entire history in the Liga I, the top tier of the Romanian football league system.

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