Sunday, 21 March 2010

Chornomorets Stadium, Odessa

Or about all that's currently left of it. Originally built in the 1930s, the ground is on the edge of Taras Shevchenko Park, a tree-lined scrub land popular with drunks, families and stray dogs. After sluggish building work cost the city the chance of hosting Euro 2012, the redevelopment of the 35,000-capacity stadium won't now be completed for at least another year. Until then the local team are playing at the two-sided Spartak Stadium, a few hundred metres seawards of the city's main railway station - where their last game got a crowd of under three thousand.

Odessa's Spartak Stadium "was opened in 1928 as a dedication to the 10th anniversary of the Komsomol and was considered the most modern stadium in the city at the time seating 10,000 spectators," says its entry on Wikipedia. Now down to 6,000 and home to the city's rugby team, it's not on the list for 2012.

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