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Club: FC Shakhtar Donetsk | Opening: 2009 | Capacity: 52,187 seats

The Donbass Arena replaced Shakhtar’s old Shakhtyor Stadium, where it had played since 1936. The new arena came to fruition after Rinat Akhmetov became president of the club in 1996 and subsequently started investing in the club to raise its profile. After the first successes on the pitch had been achieved, a new stadium was the next logical step.

Construction of the Donbass Arena started in 2006 and was completed in 2009. The total budget of the project was US$400 million.

The Donbass Arena officially opened on 29 August 2009 with a grand event which included a concert by pop star Beyoncé. The first football match was a Ukrainian league match played one month later between Shakhtar and Obolon (4-0).

The Donbass Arena was one of the playing venues of the Euro 2012 championships. During the tournament the stadium hosted three group matches, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between Spain and Portugal (0-0).

The stadium sustained significant damage during the regional armed conflict in 2014 as a result of shelling and is currently not operational. Shakhtar have moved away to play their home games in Kharkiv, in north-eastern Ukraine.

Donbass Arena

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