NSC Olimpiyskiy: Dynamo Kyiv

Velyka Vasylkivska St, 55, Kiev, Ukraine
Valery Parkhomenko / Flickr.com

Some clubs like to make things nice and easy for people like us who look to explain where teams play, how much they charge for tickets and so one. Other clubs simply don’t care how easy or otherwise it is to gather information about them, safe in the knowledge that they’ve got their supporters already. Dynamo Kyiv are one of the latter clubs. They used to play their home games at the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium but since it was developed they’ve moved into the ground in the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex.

Known simply as Olympic Stadium, this is the largest ground in all of Ukraine and and the second biggest in Eastern Europe. It stands in the middle of the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, which also includes various other sports facilities that were built in order to allow Kiev to host the Olympic Games in 1980. Originally opened in 1923, the stadium has undergone numerous significant renovations in the years that have followed, most notably in 2011 ahead of the 2012 European Championship.

Stats

NSC Olimpiyskiy Stats
Year Opened1923
Capacity70,050
Average Attendance28,931
Record Attendance100,062 (Dynamo Kiev v Utrecht 1985)
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameOlympic
Former NameRed Stadium of Trotsky, Red Stadium, Republican Stadium of Kosior, Republican Stadium, Republican Stadium of Khrushchev, All-Ukrainian Stadium, Central Stadium, Republican Stadium
OwnerConcern «Sports Arenas of Ukraine
Clubs HostedSoviet Union national football team, Ukraine national football team, Dynamo Kyiv
Dynamo Kyiv Stats
Year Founded1927
RivalsSpartak Moscow, Shakhtar Donetsk, Chornomorets Odesa, Metalist Kharkiv, Legia Warsaw, FC Arsenal Kyiv
KitWhite (Home) / Blue & White (Away)
Training GroundDynamo Training Center
Shirt SponsorNadra Bank
Team OwnerIhor Surkis
Record GoalscorerOleh Blokhin (266)
Record AppearancesOleksandr Shovkovskiy (622)

NSC Olimpiyskiy Photos

NSC Olimpiyskiy Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By Aleksandr Osipov from Ukraine (NSC Olympic Stadium / НСК Олимпийский) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Built in a ‘bowl’ style familiar to anyone that has gone to a continental football ground or a more recently built English ground such as The Emirates, Olympic Stadium is still split into four sections that are best described by their geographical location. The Northern Curva has, like the rest of the ground, two tiers and it’s where the noisiest Kyiv fans congregate. The Eastern Tribune is quite steep and maintains the two-tiered system, whilst The Western Tribune has two tiers separated by a row of executive boxes. The Southern Curva is essentially a replica of its Northern buddy, standing behind the goal and with a large screen above it for replays.

Dynamo Kyiv Ticket Prices

It’s not exactly easy to get ticket information for games in Ukraine. What we can tell you is that prices are different depending on where in the ground you’d like to sit. The cheapest tickets are in the lower section of the Curva and will set you back about 35 Ukrainian Hryvnia. The most expensive are in the Lower Tribune and will cost in the region of 400 Uah. At the time of writing £1 will buy you 36 Ukrainian Hryvnia, so even the priciest ticket will only cost around £11.

How To Get Dynamo Kyiv Tickets

The club has actually got a surprisingly good English language website that would be the first port of call for tickets. After that you’ll want to head to the stadium’s ticket office.

Where to Buy

Getting To NSC Olimpiyskiy

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Kiev is, as you know, the capital of Ukraine so getting to it isn’t all that complicated. That’s depending on where you’re coming from, of course. Here are some of the methods you’ll be looking at using:

Train - Getting the train from the UK isn’t the most advisable thing, given it will take you the best part of two days. If you really want to do it you’ll be going from St. Pancras and will visit Paris, Stuttgart, Nürnberg, Prague and Lvov on your journey. Once you’re in Kiev the Metro system is your friend, with Olimpiyska on the Blue M2 line and Palats sportu on the Green M3 line being the closest. Sometimes they’re closed on match days so keep your eye out for Palata “Ukraina” on Blue M2 or Klovska on Green M3 lines.

Bus - Bus Number 40 will take you close to the ground, as will either the 3 or the 40 Trolleybus.

Car - The stadium is pretty much in the centre of Kiev, so if you are desperate to drive around then it shouldn’t be too hard to find. As always, your best bet is to put the address into a sat-nav system. That said, the roads in a 1.5 mile radius of the ground are closed on match days, so keep that in mind.

By Air - Boryspil International Airport is about 20+ miles from the city centre and is the country’s largest, whilst Zhulyany Airport is around five miles away and tends to be served by budget airlines.

Taxi - You’ll pay between about 40 and 70 Uah for a taxi from Zhulyany Airport to the ground.

Parking Near NSC Olimpiyskiy

The roads nearby aren’t open on a match day, so parking is tricky, to be honest.

Useful Resources

NSC Olimpiyskiy Hotels

As the capital of Kiev there are plenty of hotel options in the city centre. Here are some of the best:

ibis Kiev City Centre - £40+

Taras Shevchenko Boulevard 25, Kiev, 01032
ibis hotels are everywhere, so if you’re a fan of your chain hotels then this is the one for you. It’s about a mile and a half from the stadium and has a restaurant, a bar, a business centre and free Wi-Fi. More details.

Bontiak Hotel - £60+

Str. Irininskaya, 5/24, Block "B", Kiev, 01034
It will take you around half an hour to walk from here to Olympic Stadium, but it’s worth it. As well as a business centre and free parking, this hotel also promises free Wi-Fi and a cooked-to-order breakfast. More details.

Senator Apartments Maidan - £80+

8b, Tarasa Shevchenko Lane, Kiev, 01030
Less than a mile from the ground is this home from home set of apartments. There’s free Wi-Fi, free newspapers in the reception and an airport pick-up service available, should you fancy something a bit less hotel-like and a bit more private. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near NSC Olimpiyskiy

Kiev promises some great nights out, as long as you go to the right areas. Here are some bars you may want to consider:

OK Bar & Restaurant

Червоноармійська вул., 94, Kiev, 03150 (+380 44 225 0220)
The name might suggest that it’s mediocre, but it’s actually anything but. Not really one for the out and out sports bar types, this is an Italian restaurant that has a great drinks menu and often has live music on. It’s family friendly, which is why you may want to consider it.

Fazenda Bar

ул. Воровского, 2-Б, Kiev, 02000 (+380 63 989 1459)
The Fazenda Bar is a funky place where you can enjoy cocktails, a decent menu and a cool night out. Again, not necessarily one for the ‘footy’ crowd, but if you like to explore what a city has to offer then this is for you.

O'Connor's Irish Pub

Khoryva St, 15/8, Kiev, 02000 (+380 44 425 7788)
Yes, the Irish even get to Kiev. If you want somewhere you can relax, feel at home and have a pint of Guinness or two then O’Connor’s is where you’ll want to head. There’s a good menu, loads of decent drinks and plenty of TVs for sport etc.

Facilities

Renovated in order to host the final of the European Championship in 2012, the facilities at Olympic Stadium are excellent. There are also top-notch views from pretty much everywhere within the ground.

Hospitality

Valery Parkhomenko / Flickr.com

One of UEFA’s key instructions for grounds hoping to gain their highest level of commendation is that there must be a large and welcoming corporate section to the ground. Olympic Stadium is no exception, so if you’d like to take advantage of the club’s hospitality then your best bet is to get in touch with them. The Sky Lounge is particularly worthy of your consideration!

Private Hire

From small business meetings through to trade fairs and expos, the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex can host it all. If you are, for some weird reason, looking to host a private event in Kiev and you're desperate to use Olympic Stadium then get in touch with the club and they’ll guide you through your options.

Stadium Tours & Museum

Tours operate on a daily basis apart from on match days, running at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. It costs 50 Uah for adults and 25 Uah for everyone else. It lasts about forty minutes and takes in the changing rooms, the business sector and some of the rest of the Olympic Sports Complex. There is also a museum that you can have a look around, featuring numerous bits of Dynamo Kyiv memorabilia.

About Dynamo Kyiv

Dynamo Kiev Team of 1975 - By Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 - negatiefstroken zwart/wit, nummer toegang 2.24.01.05, bestanddeelnummer 927-8886 (Nationaal Archief Fotocollectie Anefo) [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl], via Wikimedia Commons

Dynamo Kyiv, as it is spelt if we’re giving the club its proper name, has been in existence since 1927 when it was formed as part of the Soviet Dynamo Sports Society. The club plies its trade in the Ukrainian Premier League, the country’s top-flight. As you’d expect from one of the country’s richest and most successful clubs, Dynamo have never been relegated from the top division.That said, they only started playing in the top-flight in 1936.

Since its formation in the 1920s Dynamo Kyiv has gone on to win 28 national titles, 20 national cups and three European titles. Given that Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union for some time it should cause no surprise that some of those trophies include Soviet league titles and cups. Dynamo Kyiv and Dinamo Tbilisi were the only two Soviet teams that have enjoyed success in UEFA competitions.

NSC Olimpiyskiy History

A 1936 project for the 50,000 stadium in Kiev. The stadium was completed but never used due to the WWII - See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Olympic Stadium’s history is reflected in the numerous changes of name that it has been given over the years. From Red Stadium of Trotsky when it opened in 1923 through to Republican Stadium of Khrushchev in 1941, the ground has been used as a marketing tool for the powers that be ever since it opened. It wasn’t until 1991 that Ukraine gained independence from Russia and the stadium was given national status five years later.

Renamed Olympic Stadium in 1996, the ground has kept that name ever since. When Poland and Ukraine were given co-hosting duties for the 2012 European Championships it was clear that the stadium would play a prominent part. It went on to host three Group D matches as well as the quarter-final game between England and Italy, which Italy won on penalties, and the final. The culmination of the tournament saw Spain easily defeat Italy by four goals to two to become the first team to defend their European Championship win and the first to win three tournaments in a row.

Future Developments

Stadium being developed in 2009

Having been redeveloped in 2011 it is unlikely that any major renovations will be carried out on the stadium in the near future.

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