Donbass Arena - Home to Shakthar Donetsk
A fantastic modern stadium with an all-seater capacity of 52,518. The stadium was completed and opened in 2009. It was designed by the same people who designed the Allianz Arena in Munich and the Beijing National Stadium. The arena was used in the 2012 European Championships which was co-hosted by the Ukraine.
I went to see Shakhtar Donetsk play Manchester United on the 2nd October 2013. The match was Champions League Group Stage Matchday two and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
I visited this small stadium to watch Man Utd play Shakthar Donetsk in the UEFA Youth League (under 19's).
Entry was free and the game was played in the afternoon of the same day as the main UEFA Champions league game between the two seniors squads.
Shakthar won the game 2-1, scoring goals in the first and in the last five minutes. United played well in the second half and were disappointed not to come away with a draw.
The stadium is set up for athletics and so has a running track around the football pitch. There isn't a roof around most of the ground so be prepared to feel the full effects of the elements. I think that's why quite a few people sneaked back to the pub at halftime. We hardy souls stayed for the second half.
The Donbass Arena is a beautiful soccer stadium that is home to FC Shaktar Donetsk. In the evening the blue lit stadium looks like it is from outer space. Inside it is a perfect place to watch a game. It is located in the central part of the city center, making it very accessible.
You can atend a soccer match and support the local team "Shakhtar" at the central stadium located in the main street and called Olympic.
You can see the monument to Sergey Bubka, the Olympic champion, Hero of Ukraine, at the entrance to the stadium.
Across the main road from the new Donbass Stadium is the old soccer stadium used by the other local soccer team. Originally called Locomotiv, it stand in stark contrast to the DonBass Stadium.