Akhmat-Arena is a multi-purpose sports venue located in the capital city of the Chechen Republic region, Grozny. Named in honour of former president of this region, the stadium is primarily used for the football matches of local team FC Terek Grozny.
Akhmat Arena first opened on the 11th May 2011 with an opening ceremony consisting of music and presentation followed by a friendly match between a Russian Select 11 and a World Allstars team. The World team contained players including Diego Maradona, Luis Figo and A.C Milan defensive stalwarts, Alessandro Costacurta and Franco Baresi with the first Russian Premier League Match held against Anzhi a few weeks later.
Constructed over a period of five years, planning began back in 2004 when the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, allocated funding for the construction of a new Central Stadium for the city of Grozny. The 30,0597 capacity stadium was named in honour of the former President of the Chechen Republic Akhmad Kadyrov who was assassinated by a bomb blast during a World War II memorial parade.
The municipally owned sports ground replaced the 10,200 capacity Sultan Bilimkhanov Stadium which was increasingly becoming an outdated relic of the 20th century, not in line with new purpose built football stadiums across Europe. Akhmat-Arena has helped to inspire a new wave of grounds throughout the country such as Rubin’s Kazan Arena and Spartak Moscow’s Otkrytie Stadium.
Unfortunately construction was already underway and almost complete by the time Russia was awarded the 2018 World Cup and as a result, Akhmat-Arena somewhat missed the opportunity to be involved with the tournament. Whilst not impossible, the stadium would have needed to be expanded to a minimum of 40,000 although this may have been irrelevant due to its distance from the favoured nucleolus of Western Europe.
Akhmat-Arena is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand.
The Matchday Experience
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
- ul. Lva Yashina, 21, Grozny, Chechnya, Russia