Metalist Stadium: Shakhtar Donetsk

65 Plekhanivs'ka Street, Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast, 61000, Ukraine

To suggest that life has been complicated for Shakhtar Donetsk in recent times would be something of an understatement. They moved into their newly built stadium, Donbass Arena, in 2009 and three years later basked in the praise as the ground was used to host matches in the 2012 European Championships, including quarter-final and semi-final matches. Sadly war broke out in the Donbass region in 2014 and Shakhtar moved their footballing operations to Lviv Arena, more than six hundred miles away in the city of Lviv. They played their games there until 2016 and at that point they moved to Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv is slightly closer to the Donbass region, but we’re still talking a distance of around one hundred and fifty miles, so it’s not exactly home. The stadium was previously the home of of the Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv, but they went out of business at the end of 2016 and folded. At the start of 2017 a new club named Metalist 1925 was formed and began playing games there alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, but given the club played its first season in the Ukrainian Football Amateur League and moved to the Ukrainian Second League, we won’t be covering the new side for the moment. All club information on this page, therefore, will be solely about Shakhtar Donetsk.

Stats

Metalist Stadium Stats
Year Opened1926
Capacity40,003
Average Attendance10,124
Record Attendance41,973 (Metalist v Tavria (1980))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameOSC Metalist
Former NameTractor Stadium, Dzerzhinets Stadium
OwnerKharkiv city council
Clubs HostedMetalist Kharkiv, Shakhtar Donetsk, Metalist 1925
First FixtureMetalist v Dnipropretovsk (12/09/1926)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk Stats
Year Founded1936
NicknameHirnyky (The Miners), Kroty (The Moles)
Club MascotMole
RivalsCSKA Moscow, Dynamo Kyiv
Previous StadiumsRSK Olimpiyskyi, Shakhtar Stadium, Donbass Arena, Arena Lviv
KitOrange, Dark Blue & Black (Home) / Orange, Black & White (Away)
Training GroundKirsha Training Centre
Shirt SponsorCKM
Team OwnerRinat Akhmetov
Record GoalscorerLuiz Adriano (128)
Record AppearancesDarijo Srna (526)

Metalist Stadium Photos

Metalist Stadium Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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Metalist Stadium is designed in a bowl-style, with two tiers of seating. The largest sections are at the Northern and Southern ends of the ground, behind the two goals. The major hospitality section is located within the West stand, running alongside the pitch.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk Ticket Prices

The price for tickets to Shakhtar matches varies from game to game and depending on where in the stadium you’d like to sit. For example, when the Ukrainian side went up against Olimpik Donetsk in August of the 2017-2018 season the tickets ranged from 30 Hryvnia through to 120 Hryvnia, via 40, 60, 70 and 100 Hryvnia.

How To Get FC Shakhtar Donetsk Tickets

You can buy tickets from numerous different places, not least of which is at Metalist Stadium itself. Online is always a good place to head to if you want to buy tickets and Shakhtar’s official website is actually a surprisingly good resource. There are numerous ticketing partners you can turn to if you’d prefer and you can even pick up tickets from the club’s shop in the centre of Kharkiv.

Getting To Metalist Stadium

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Train - If you’re looking to get the train to Kharkiv then do bare in mind that the journey will take you over two days. That might sound like fun at the beginning of the journey but the fun’s likely to wear off! Once you’re in the city itself you’ll find the stadium to the South-East of the centre. The closest station on the Metro is Sportyvna, which is on the Red Line.

Bus - If the bus is more your sort of thing then there are a number of options available to you. Bus numbers 251e, 626, 1155, 1167, 1181,1316 and 1622 are amongst numerous others that stop within walking distance of the ground.

Car - If you’d rather drive then you’ll find that the M18 is the nearest major road close to the stadium. Get on that you should find it’s sign posted well enough.

By Air - Kharkiv International Airport is, as the name suggests, the nearest airport to the centre of the city of Kharkiv. It’s only about a mile away, so it’s the ideal place to head to if you’re on your way to watch a Shakhtar Donetsk match.

Taxi - A trip to the ground in a taxi will take about fifteen minutes to complete its journey and should cost you somewhere in the region of 30 Hryvnia.

Parking Near Metalist Stadium

There are numerous areas to park at in and around the stadium, so get there early enough and you’re unlikely to struggle to find a space.

Useful Resources

Metalist Stadium Hotels

Mirax Boutique Hotel - £30+

Moskovskiy Av 86-a, Kharkiv, 61000
Less than a mile from the ground is this delightful four-star, boutique hotel that has just ten bedrooms. There’s a restaurant on-site where you can get a breakfast that’s included in the cost of your stay, as well as a bar for drinks if that takes your fancy. A fitness centre, complete with spa services, is available along with a snack bar and a rooftop terrace. If you’re driving then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s free parking at the hotel, with free Wi-Fi available to those of you that need internet access.
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Iris Art Hotel - £40+

Proletarskaya street, 6A, Kharkiv, 61001
Another venue with a limited amount of rooms, thirty to be exact, is the Iris Art Hotel. It’s just a fifteen minute walk from the Metalist Stadium and has both a restaurant and a bar in the hotel itself. If you’ve got kids then they’ll enjoy using the arcade and games room, whilst adults will no doubt be pleased to get into the sauna after a long day. There’s free parking and free Wi-Fi, as well as a breakfast included in the cost of your stay. All in all this is a pleasant hotel to stay in that offers a cross between a personal experience and a larger hotel.
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Chichikov Hotel - £50+

6/8 Gogola St., Kharkiv, 61057
The largest offering on our list is the Chichikov Hotel, with more than fifty rooms to choose from. As with most decent hotels, there’s both a bar and a restaurant for your amusement. It is the second hotel on our list to offer a sauna, with a 24-hour business centre also available for any of you who need to get some work done whilst you’re on your travels. That includes some meeting rooms, should you be there with numerous people. A buffet breakfast is included in the cost of your stay, with free parking and free Wi-Fi rounding off the hotel experience. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Metalist Stadium

Two Nines

Marshala Bazhanova St, 7, Kharkiv, 61000 (+380 67 156 8450)
Homemade food is the order of the day in this bar that is very popular with local students. On the drinks menu you’ll find everything from dark beers through to cocktails and local specialities. When it comes to entertainment, aside from the obvious, you’ll be able to play games such as Monopoly; great for when the weather decides to take a turn for the worse. It’s not much of a sports bar, but you’ll enjoy a decent atmosphere if nothing else.

Patrick Irish Pub

Sumska St, 36Б, Kharkiv, 61000 (+380 57 715 6081)
The motto of the football-grounds.co.uk crew has always been, 'If in doubt, head to an Irish bar'. As well being as close to guaranteed a good atmosphere as it’s possible to get, you'll also find drinks that a reassuringly familiar. Patrick Irish Pub in Kharkiv has a number of TVs dotted around its walls that will show some sport of the manager is in the mood, so that’s something you might want to bear in mind if there’s a big match on. Hearty food is something you’ll be able to get here if you want to have a bite to eat before watching some football.

1:0

Nezalezhnosti Avenue, 5, Kharkiv (+380 97 061 7671)
Nothing says 'sports bar' like a venue named after a football score. This is actually a cafe with limited space, but sport is often shown on a big screen so if you can get in then it’s worth it. The food is the place’s biggest asset as it’s absolutely delicious, all swallowed down with some tasty beer. Not exactly the most glamorous location in Kharkiv, it’s true, but it’s welcoming and cheap and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

Hospitality

By Артем В. Коновалов (Own work) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Metalist Stadium might not be the original home of Shakhtar Donetsk, but that doesn’t mean that the hospitality options are limited. There are eighteen Sky Boxes at the ground, for example, with the ability to host between six and twenty people in them. The Shakhtar Lounge, on the other hand, can host about three hundred people and you’ll get excellent food whilst you’re in there. The Roof Club is, as the name suggests, close to the stadium’s roof and is also a restaurant. Finally, about four hundred people can be housed in Club 1936, the stadium’s own sports bar.

Private Hire

If you’re in Kharkiv and you’re looking for a venue to host events then it’s worth getting in touch with the club to see if there’s anything they can do for you. Their facilities are excellent, so meetings and other private occasions are easily accommodated.

Stadium Tours & Museum

It’s not currently possible to do a tour of Metalist Stadium, but if anything changes then we’ll let you know as soon as we can.

About FC Shakhtar Donetsk

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Football Club Shakhtar is better known to most as Shakhtar Donetsk. The club regularly appears in the UEFA Champions League and in 2009 they made history when they were the first team from the independent Ukraine to win the UEFA Cup, now called the Europa League. The most popular football club in Ukraine, Shakhtar was formed in 1936 in Soviet Russia and took the name Stakhanovets. It was named after a man named Aleksei Stakhanov, a coal-miner from the Donets region who became something of a minor celebrity when he was used in a propaganda campaign aimed at increasing the productivity of the workers.

In 1946 the club became Shakhtyor, a precursor to the current name it uses. When Ukraine became independent from the Soviet Union in the early part of the 1990s, Shakhtar, who had taken on the name in 1992, regularly competed for the top-flight title against long-term rivals Dynamo Kiev. They didn’t win their first title until 2002, but after that they won it nine times in the following twelve years. The club has endured numerous difficult moments over the years, including when there was an assassination attempt inside their stadium that resulted in the death of the club’s president, Akhat Bragin.

Metalist Stadium History

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Metalist Stadium is actually located within a larger area known as Metalist Oblast Sports Complex. A sports venue of some form or another has existed on the same sport ever since 1926 when one was built on the site of he Holy Spirit Cemetery and had the name Tractor Stadium, owing to sponsorship by a local tractor production company. In 1940 it was given the new name of Dzerzhynets Stadium in honour of the first head of the Russian state security organisation the Cheka, Felix Dzerzhinsky. It didn’t get its current name until 1967, the year in which it was also expanded to offer a capacity of around 10,000.

Three years later and there was a major renovation to the stadium, adding an additional 20,000 seats when the North and South stands were built. Arguably the biggest change to the ground took place towards the end of the 2000s, when huge renovations were carried out in order to prepare the stadium to host matches in the European Championships in 2012. This involved the completion of the South stand and a completely new East stand being built. On top of that, numerous renovations and cosmetic changes were also undertaken. It meant, conveniently enough, that the ground was up-to-scratch to host a Ukrainian Premier League side when Shakhtar came calling in 2016.

Future Developments

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There are unlikely to be an major changes to the stadium moving forward unless it seems as though Shakhtar are going to be there for the foreseeable future. In the event that that happens, we’ll obviously update this section accordingly.

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