Velyka Vasylkivska St. 55 (metro station "Olimpiyska")
Located in the very heart of Kyiv, the National Sports Complex "Olimpiyskiy" is the main arena of Ukraine and one of the biggest stadia in Europe. After hosting the final match, in particular, and Euro-2012, in general, the renovated venue became one of the most emblematic sights of the Ukrainian capital. Currently, the multifaceted arena holds both top football and athletic competitions, as well as conferences, exhibitions and concerts. Not only sports fans, but those who are interested in contemporary architecture may enjoy a visit to the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv.
Its history dates back to 1923, when the Red Stadium Trotsky was opened to public. It was a simple venue intended for hosting football matches. Shortly, the arena was remodeled: athletic tracks, showers, lockers, etc. were built. The first large-scale renovation of the stadium was scheduled in the middle of 1930s when Kyiv had become the official capital of Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine. The 50.000-seater stadium in accordance with all requirements was planned then. The refurbished sports arena was due to be opened on June 22, 1941, however its renovation was postponed for 5 years because of outburst of the II World War.
Then the stadium was named in honor of the Soviet leader, Khrushchev, thereafter it was renamed Republican. The venue received its current name during preparations for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, and its exterior was finally finished due to the preparation for the final part of Euro 2012. Then, the Olympic Stadium was almost built anew. The main highlights of the venue are glass facade and membranous cover over the stands.
In the summer of 2013, the museum of the Olympic Stadium was opened to public. It was inaugurated due to commemoration of the ninetieth anniversary of the stadium. Its exhibitions are devoted to the history of the venue, iconic events and great competitions held here since 1923. The Museum's exhibition features original tickets, photographs and posters of historical games, interactive installations and exhibits dedicated to the legendary personalities who won their trophies at the Olympic Stadium.
One can visit the main stadium of Ukraine during guided tours that take place every day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., except match days. It is an interactive tour that allows to visit the Olympic patio (one of the most emblematic places of the venue), learn the history of the arena, go through the stadium bowl and pitch, and players’ lockers.