Ludogorets Arena: PFC Ludogorets

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, ул. Васил Левски 43, Razgrad, Bulgaria
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Located in the North-East of Razgrad, Ludogrets Arena has been home to PFC Ludogorets since the club was formed in 2001. It underwent a complete reconstruction from the ground up in 2011, however, so technically the stadium as it is now has only been the club’s home ground since then. Up to two months before the newly revamped stadium was due to open it was still called Stadion Dyanko Stefanov, but the council allowed the change of name to signify the fact that it was an entirely new ground.

As a relatively new team, PFC Ludogorets have been quite clever with the design of the stadium. Aware that they would initially have quite a small fanbase, the ground was designed with the ability to increase its capacity as the team grew in stature and gained more respect in the Bulgarian league. Because the stadium will only really need to expand as the club qualifies for European competition, the financing of the stadium will be self-sufficient.

Stats

Ludogorets Arena Stats
Year Opened2011
Capacity9,000
Average Attendance1,507
Record Attendance8,763 (Ludogrets v Levski Sofia)
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
Former NameDyanko Stefanov Stadium
OwnerMunicipality of Razgrad
Clubs HostedLudogorets Razgrad, Ludogorets Razgrad II, Bulgaria national under-21 football team
First FixtureLudogrets v Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) (06/08/2011)
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad Stats
Year Founded2001
NicknameOrlite (The Eagles)
Club MascotFortuna
RivalsLevski Sofia
KitGreen & White (Home) / Black & Green (Away)
Training GroundSport Center Ludogorets
Shirt Sponsorbet365
Team OwnerKiril Domuschiev
Record GoalscorerMarcelinho (41)
Record AppearancesMarcelinho (130)

Ludogorets Arena Photos

Ludogorets Arena Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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There are 650 seats in the Central Tribune and in Sector B, 1000 in Sector A and 2100 in Sector V. The stadium is a small, intimate affair that follows the ‘English Style’ in its design. That means that there are stands on each side of the pitch, rather than a bowl of continuous seating more common with ‘European Style’ stadiums. Visiting supporters are housed in Sector G behind one of the goals.

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad Ticket Prices

Tickets for Ludogorets matches are actually very cheap indeed. A single Bulgarian Lev is worth just shy of 50p, so when you read the prices you can pretty much halve them when exchanging them into pounds. A seat in the Central Tribune will cost around 15 Lev, Sectors A and B will cost about 10 Lev each and Sector V will set you back in the region of 8 Lev.

How To Get PFC Ludogorets Razgrad Tickets

The best way to get tickets is to head to the Nest of Eagles Sports centre where you can not only buy your tickets but also get advice on where the best places are to sit in the ground.

Where to Buy

Getting To Ludogorets Arena

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Bulgaria is becoming a more and more popular tourist destination with each passing year. That doesn’t mean that it’s easy to get to, of course, but your options are constantly increasing. Here are some of the better ones:

Train - It would take you about two days to get from London St. Pancras to Razgrad. Should you choose to take the train you’ll stop in Dusseldorf, Wein, Budapest and Sofia before arriving at your destination. Given that there isn’t a train station close to the ground you might want to consider an alternative route…

Bus - Razgrad lacks the same sort of excellent bus service that other cities are able to boast. For that reason you might want to consider jumping a taxi or walking.

Car - Your best bet is to take Route 49 to бул. България before turning onto Априлско въстание. From there you’ll be able to see the ground or, at the very least, follow signs to it.

By Air - Razgrad doesn’t have an airport of its own, so you’ll flying into one of Bulgaria’s most popular alternatives. Varna Airport, Băneasa International Airport and Henri Coandă International Airport are all about seventy miles from the city.

Taxi - Taxis in Bulgaria aren’t too expensive thanks to the exchange rate, but make sure you either book a private hire or else check beforehand how much the fare will be.

Parking Near Ludogorets Arena

There are three car parks in total at the Ludogorets Arena. There is one for members of the press, one for away supporters and a further one for home fans.

Useful Resources

Ludogorets Arena Hotels

Razgrad is still something of an emerging city, so most of the hotels tend to be B&Bs that we’re reluctant to recommend at this point. Instead we’ll offer a couple of locations near to the airports you’ll almost certainly end up flying into:

If you'd like to see hotels much closer to the stadium click the "more hotels" link at the bottom.

Divesta - £40+

1 Hristo Samsarov Str, Varna, 9000
The Divesta is a pleasant hotel located close to the centre of the Bulgarian city of Varna. There are only 25 guest rooms so you know you won’t be overloaded with other people, but there’s also a restaurant and a bar. There’s a rooftop terrace, should you be feeling particularly adventurous and the hotel is around five miles from the airport. More details.

angelo by Vienna House Bucharest - £55+

283, Calea Bucurestilor, Otopeni, 075100
The angelo is a Vienna House chain hotel located a stone’s throw from Bucharest’s main airport. It boasts a restaurant and a bar from which you can get a hot or cold breakfast buffet at no additional cost. If you are the sort of person who likes to watch planes take off and imagine where they’re going then you might fancy the hotel’s rooftop terrace. Fitness buffs will like the 24-hour fitness centre. More details.

Phoenicia Grand Hotel - £70+

87, Alexandru Serbanescu Boulevard, Sector 1, Bucharest, 014268
The Phoenicia Grand Hotel is just a mile from Bucharest’s main airport and boasts a number of amenities that make it well worth considering. There are three restaurants, for example, as well as a nightclub and a health club. There’s also a terraced area and a business centre that is open 24-hours a day. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Ludogorets Arena

Bulgaria is getting known more and more for its excellent bar scene and the chance to enjoy a drink or two. Here are some nice places to head to for a pre-match pint if you find yourself in Razgrad:

Almost Famous

ул. Марица 15, 7200 Razgrad (+359 87 659 5948)
Almost Famous is, to an extent, all things to all people. In the day time it’s a coffee shop with a funky vibe. At night it turns into a stylish cocktail bar. Expect anything from live DJs to be spinning the decks through to up-close magicians entertaining the crowd with some card tricks. A real hotspot in the city.

Bar Soho

pl. "Momina cheshma" 1, 7200 Razgrad (+359 89 792 9529)
Bar Soho, or Soho Bar & Dinner as its also known, is another stylish place in the heart of Razgrad. You can get delicious continental breakfasts here in the mornings, a fantastic ‘pub style’ menu in the day and drinks aplenty of an evening.

No Mercy

Jeravna 15 str. Razgrad (+359 88 333 2400)
Very much a fun night-time location, No Mercy describes itself as a ‘classic bar’ that is welcoming of everyone. It’s a great place to go to let your hair down, have a few drinks and forget about the troubles of the day. If your team lose their match then No Mercy might just help you drown your sorrows.

Facilities

Ludogorets Arena isn’t one of the world’s most spectacular and impressive stadiums, but it’s one of the newest in Bulgaria. Consequently it is clean and tidy and you’ll find all of the things you’d expect from a top-tier ground including plenty of places to buy food and drinks. There are also comfortable seats and good views from most places in the stadium.

Hospitality

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There is a large VIP section in between Sectors A and A1. The full details of the hospitality experiences on offer from the club change depending on the opposition and the competition that the team is taking part in. For more specific information it’s worth getting in touch with the club.

Private Hire

The stadium is equipped with a state-of-the-art conference hall, complete with high-speed internet and the ability to host presentations and, as the name suggests, conferences.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing it is not possible to do a tour of the Ludogorets Arena. Obviously it’s more than possible for that to change, so check back here periodically and we’ll let you know if anything’s different.

About PFC Ludogorets Razgrad

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Professional football club Ludogorets Razgrad was only formed in 2001. Since then they have gone on to make quite an impact on Bulgarian football, rising to the A Group of the Parva Ligue in 2011 and immediately going on to win a treble. They secured the Bulgarian title, won the Bulgarian Cup and also snagged the Bulgarian Supercup, becoming only the third side to manage that feat after CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia.

As you would expect, of course, their incredible performance firstly in the Bulgarian league and subsequently in Europe wasn’t all the result of little more than hard work and good tactics. Ludogorets was bought by the businessman Kiril Domuschiev in 2010, with the club immediately making large bids for high-profile players. The first championship was secured in exciting fashion, with a 1-0 win over CSKA Sofia securing them the title in a do-or-die game.

Ludogorets Arena History

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Ludogorets were technically formed in 2001, taking part of the name of a team that played in the city from 1945 until 2006. Also falling under the ‘technically’ bracket is the age of the stadium. A ground was actually built on the spot where the Ludogorets Arena currently sits in the middle of the 1950s. This was all but demolished when Domuschiev bought the club out, however, resulting in a new stadium being built in its place. That is the ground that exists now.

The complication over the stadium comes in the form of the club’s participation in European competition. As Ludogorets Arena barely reaches UEFA’s minimum requirements for a stadium to feature in the Champions League or the Europa League the club tend to play their European home games 170 miles away at the stadium of their rivals Levski Sofia. As such some of the stadium’s most famous nights are yet to be hosted.

Future Developments

The club’s consistent participation in European competition may well see the owner decide to develop the stadium to welcome nearly double its current capacity in the coming years. He has also suggested the possibility of moving to an entirely new ground, however, so don’t hold your breath on improvements being made.

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