Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex

While exploring central Kiev, I walked to the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, the official home of the Ukrainian national football team, the unofficial home of Dynamo Kiev, and where the Euro 2012 Final was held. It’s a huge stadium that’s the second largest in Eastern Europe, seating over 70,000.

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex

Dynamo Kiev logo at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev logo

The stadium was opened in 1923 and once had a capacity of over 100,000. It has been renovated a few times, most recently between 2008 and 2011. In addition to football matches, the stadium also hosts concerts. It’s located on Troitska Square.

Troitska Square in Kiev, Ukraine

Troitska Square

The Dinamo Kiev Museum is attached to the official team store and charges admission of 5 UAH (as of May 2013). It was all in Ukrainian, but I speak football so I managed to get by.

Dynamo Kiev team store and museum at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev team store and museum

Dynamo Kiev Museum at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev Museum

Dynamo Kiev Museum at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev Museum

The museum features photos and stories of a few famous players I noticed, such as Andriy Shevchenko and Oleg Blokhin.

Andriy Shevchenko display in the Dynamo Kiev Museum at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Andriy Shevchenko display

Oleg Blokhin display in the Dynamo Kiev Museum at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Oleg Blokhin display

There were also several interesting looking trophies on display, including the 1974-75 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

Dynamo Kiev Museum at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev Museum

Dynamo Kiev Museum at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev Museum

1974-75 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in the Dynamo Kiev Museum at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

1974-75 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup

As I was leaving the museum I noticed there were stadium tours. The next one was in 2 hours, so I took a long lunch break before the tour. I returned to the stadium just in time. Tours for adults are 55 UAH (as of February 2017) and run daily (except for event days) at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. The tour lasted about 45 minutes and was done in Russian and English.

The tour started outside the stadium where the guide gathered everyone and gave a quick introduction. We then entered the stadium through the Olympic Court, which is an atrium with a glass ceiling. Special events are held in this hall.

Olympic Court at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Olympic Court

Olympic Court at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Olympic Court

Next, we were taken to a room used as a gallery. There were several paintings of players on the wall, each one signed by the player depicted. There was also a model of the stadium.

Gallery at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Gallery

Gallery at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Gallery

Gallery at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Gallery

Stadium model in the gallery at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Stadium model

From there, we walked through the corridors to the press room, where players and coaches are interviewed after the game. The room has a turf surface and players also use it for training.

Corridor at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Corridor

Press room at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Press room

The team locker room is attached to the press room. The players’ jerseys were neatly hung up for the next game.

Dynamo Kiev locker room at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev locker room

Dynamo Kiev locker room at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev locker room

A jacuzzi, showers, and the trainer’s tables were also in the locker room.

Dynamo Kiev locker room at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev locker room

Dynamo Kiev locker room at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev locker room

Dynamo Kiev locker room at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev locker room

From there, it was through the tunnel and onto the field. It was quite dramatic to walk onto the pitch in such an enormous stadium.

Tunnel at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Tunnel

Tunnel at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Tunnel

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex

While we were only allowed to walk to the edge of the track and touch the field, we were given the opportunity to sit on the benches to see what the stadium looks like from that perspective.

Bench at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Bench

Bench at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Bench

The field at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

The field

The last part of the tour was to have a seat near the VIP section and admire the view and the roof. The views were excellent from these seats, and I ended up having a good laugh with an animated Russian guy who was the life of the tour.

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex

Roof at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Roof

Crazy Russian guy at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Crazy Russian guy

While seeing the stadium from a insider’s perspective was great, I had to go to a game to get the full experience. After the tour was over, I bought a ticket for a game a few days later to watch Dynamo Kiev play Illichivets Mariupol.

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