Olympic Stadium in Kiev
The Olympic Stadium (Національний спортивний комплекс), fullname The Olympic National Sports Complex is a multi-use sports facility in Kiev, Ukraine, located on the slopes of city's central Cherepanov Hill, Pechersk Raion. The stadium is the premier sports venue of Ukraine and one of the world's largest. The complex also features several other sports facilities and designed to host Olympic games.
The stadium was reopened on 9 October 2011 with a performance by Shakira and had its international inauguration with a 3-3 friendly draw by Ukraine against Germany on 11 November 2011. The stadion will host the final match of Euro 2012. For most of its history the stadium was known as the Republican stadium. After Ukrainian independence in 1991, the stadium was given national status in 1996 and renamed again as the "Olympic" National Sports Complex.
Kievans still commonly refer to it as the Tsentralny (Central) or Respublykanskyi stadion (Republican Stadium), and the nearby metro station " Olimpiiska " that was also called "Respublykanskyi Stadion". In 1997–99, the stadium was renovated again in accordance with FIFA guidelines, and its capacity was reduced to 83,450. The stadium continued to be the home ground of Dynamo with the Lobanovsky stadium serving as a training ground.