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Donbass Arena: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The Donbass Arena, which replaced Shakhtar's old Shakhtyor Stadium, has been playing since 1936.


Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Donbass Arena was built to replace Shakhtar's old Shakhtyor Stadium, which had been their home since 1936. After Rinat Akhmetov became president of the club in 1996, he started investing in the club to raise its profile and subsequently started work on building the new arena. After the first successes on the pitch were achieved, a new stadium was the next logical step. Construction of the Donetsk Arena started in 2006 and was completed in 2009. The total budget of the project was US$400 million.

The Donbass Arena officially opened on 29 August 2009 with a grand event which included a concert by Beyoncé. The first football match was a Ukrainian league match played one month later between Shakhtar and Obolon (4-0).

The Donbass Arena was one of the venues used for the 2012 Euro championships. During the tournament it hosted three group matches, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between Spain and Portugal (0-0).

The stadium sustained significant damage during the regional armed conflict in 2014 as a result of shelling and is currently not operational. Shakhtar have moved their home games out of the stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine in order to play them at Metalist Stadium, in north-eastern Ukraine.

How to get to the Donbass Arena

The Donbass Arena is located in the central Voroshylovskyi district, close to the city center. The stadium is within walking distance of most city centre locations. On its northern side lies Leninskogo Komsomolo park. The main railway station is located north of the city, approximately six kilometers away. Tram line 1 takes you in 20-25 minutes to the stadium. Get off at stop Prospekt Mira if arriving by tram; alternatively, take trolleybus line 2 and get off at Bely Lebed shopping mall if arriving by trolleybus.

Buses that serve the stadium are: line 13, 14, 16, 46a, 46?, 73?, and 77. Your stop is Krytiy Rynok.

Address: 189e Chelyuskintsev Street, Donetsk 83048

Eat, drink, and sleep near the Donbass Arena

The Donbass Arena is located conveniently on the edge of Donetsk's center. There are a few shopping centers close by, and Donetsk's main drag, Artema Street, runs only a few blocks away to the west. Follow Artema Street south and you will bump into various bars and restaurants. The stadium is located near several parks, making the area pleasant on a summer day.

There are several hotels located very close to the stadium. Some of the more luxurious options are The Victoria Hotel Center and Shakhtar Plaza. Click here to see all of the hotels near the Donbass Arena.

There are many hotels in different price categories further south toward Donetsk's city center. Click here to see all hotels in Donetsk.

Shakhtar Tickets

Due to the armed conflict that is currently ongoing in eastern Ukraine, Shakhtar play their home games away from Donetsk.

Stadium tours

The Donbass Arena used to offer guided stadium tours, but these were stopped due to the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Relevant Internet links and are the official websites of FC Shakhtar Donetsk and the Donbass Arena. I went to the Donbass to see United play in early October. The ground was excellent, and the ticket price was very reasonable. The locals were friendly and it was a great trip.

I went to the Donbass in early October to see United play there. The ground was superb and it only cost me £7 for a ticket! It was not an easy place to get to, but the locals were very friendly and it was a great trip.

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