After my tour of Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, I noticed Dynamo Kiev had a game a few days later against Illichivets Mariupol. I bought a ticket to the game and went to the stadium after my Soviet nuclear missile base tour.
My seat was in the upper section of the stadium and very easy to find. I had a great view of the field. I got a few snacks and settled in for the introductions.
While the game was exciting, the atmosphere in the cavernous stadium wasn’t. Having only 17,498 people in a stadium meant to hold 70,000 meant the crowd noise barely echoed up to my seat. I’m sure it would have been a better experience had they been playing a better team, like Shakhtar Donetsk.
The game ended with a 1-0 win for Dynamo Kiev, with the lone goal scored by Nigerian Lukman Haruna sending the crowd home happy.