The Olympic National Sports Complex (NSC Olimpiyskiy) located in Kyiv, Ukraine is a multi-use sports and recreation facility. This stadium is home to FC Dynamo Kyiv which happens to be the premier sports venue in Ukraine and the sixteenth largest in Europe. The stadium was being used for the home matches of Shakhtar Donetsk due to the war in Donbas in 2020.
The stadium also has a complex that comes with several sports facilities. It is particularly designed in order to host the Olympic Games. Some of the biggest matches of the 1980 Summer Olympics were hosted here. Several renovations took place in this stadium in which there took place a construction of a new roof.
The stadium was again reopened on 9 October 2011 where Shakira performed and made the fans go gaga over her. It is also known for hosting the final of the UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final.
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History of The Stadium
The NSC Olimpiyskiy also known as the Ukrainian national stadium is the home of FC Dynamo Kiev. The stadium then known as Republic Stadium MS Krushchov was supposed to be opened to the public on 22 June 1941.
The first ever match played in this stadium was between Dynamo Kiev and CBCA Moscow. Sadly, on the opening day of this stadium, the German army invaded Russia. Due to this, the event was postponed.
It was after a few months that Germans came and occupied the city. It was only after things settled the stadium officially opened on 12 July 1942. Again after a year when the Germans retreated, the stadium was damaged a lot. It took a year to rebuild the stadium and again attract the audiences. The stadium was then reopened on 25 June 1944 with the match that was originally planned to be played in 1941.
The stadium again went for renovation in 1966 in which the seating capacity was increased to 100,000. Another renovation took place before the 1980 Moscow Olympics, during which the stadium hosted a series of matches in the football tournament.
At that point of time, the stadium was known as the Central Stadium. It was in the year 1996 when it got its present name i.e. Olympic Stadium. After two years, the stadium again went over a refurbishment and new seats were installed, which reduced capacity to about 83,000.
Another development came around when the Olimpiyskiy Stadium was selected for Euro final 2012. The redevelopment consisted of constructing the first tier, the west stand and the installation of a roof on the previously uncovered stadium.
The stadium hosted a total of group matches, a quarter-final, and the final between Spain and Italy (4-0) in the Euro Championships 2012. Earlier, Dynamo Kiev used to opt for this stadium only for European cup matches. In the initial days, they were quite unsure regarding the decision of moving to the new Olimpiyskiy.
But in the end,they were lured and played their first league match at the renovated stadium on 4 March 2012 against Arsenal Kiev (1-0).
Location Detail and Address
Address: Velyka Vasylkivska 55, Kiev, 03150
Ways to Get to The Stadium
The NSC Olimpiyskiy is situated in central Kiev. It is only 3 kilometers from Kiev’s main railway station and under 2 kilometers from the central Independence Square (Maydan Nezalezhnosti).
One of the nearest station to the stadium is Olimpiys’ka which is on the blue line whereas the
St. Palats Sportu on the green line. Both lie on a 5-minute walk from the ground. There are several buses, and trolley buses that will help you reach the stadium.
Places Near The Stadium
The NSC Olimpiyskiy is located in the centre which means there are several options to eat and drink near the stadium. There are several cafes and bars situated in the northern area of the stadium. It is only a few hundred metres after which Khreschatyk Street starts where there are many shops, bars, and restaurants.
The area near Olimpiyskiy Stadium is surrounded by hotels, hostels, and apartment rentals. There is a hotel named Rus Accord which is located to the right to the stadium. If you’re looking forward to getting a cheaper hotel, then you should move to the west of the stadium.
Ways to Buy Tickets
If you’re looking forward to buying the Dynamo match tickets, then you should opt for an online method. If that’s not possible, then you can buy the tickets from the box office at the NSC Olimpiyskiy, or at the offices of Dynamo’s old Lobanovskyi Stadium.
Talking about the ticket price they range from 10.00 for a seat at the lower-tier behind the goal to UAH 250.00 for a central seat at the main stand.
Hotels Near NSC Olimpiyskiy
Premier Hotel Rus
Hospitalna St, 4, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01601
+380 44 256 4000
Royal Olympic Hotel
12D, Hospitalna St, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01601
+380 93 377 7781
Park Inn by Radisson Kyiv Troyitska
Velyka Vasylkivska St, 55, Kyiv, Ukraine, 03150
+380 44 586 2900
President Hotel Kyiv
Hospitalna St, 12, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01601
+380 44 256 3255
Heart Kyiv Apart-Hotel
Shota Rustaveli St, 29, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01023
+380 73 031 8921
Holiday Inn Kyiv
Velyka Vasylkivska St, 100, Kyiv, Ukraine, 03150
+380 44 363 3000
Esplanadna St, 17, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000
+380 44 222 2727
Dilova St, 14А, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000
+380 44 200 1048
5-7/29 T. Shevchenka Blvd, вулиця Пушкінська, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01024
+380 44 244 1200
Mini Hotel Kropyvnyts’koho
Kropyvnyts’koho St, 14, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01024
+380 67 249 7967
NSC Olimpiyskiy stadium is a must visit stadium when you’re in Ukraine. We know that right now the conditions are not that good in the country. We hope things get better with time and people are safe out there.
We hope this blog will help you know everything about the stadium and its nearby. If you have any questions regarding the blog, please share in the comments.