Skënderbeu Stadium

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Last Updated: August 10, 2015

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Behind the goal view of Skenderbeu stadium

Stadium Overview

Team: Skënderbeu Korçë

Address: Rruga Kristaq Papargjiri 1, Korce

Capacity: 1,957

Opened: 2011

Skënderbeu Stadium is the home ground of Albanian based football team KF Skënderbeu Korçë, and occasionally the national team. First opened in 1957, the 5,724 capacity ground was most recently renovated in 2011.

Stadium Guide

History

Skënderbeu Stadium first opened in 1957 as a multi-purpose sports stadium but over the years has come to be thought of as more of a football ground. It has been home to KF Skënderbeu Korçë ever since who currently hold the record for most consecutive Albanian Superliga Titles, having won five in a row since 2011.

Naturally Skënderbeu Stadium has undergone renovation work over the years to keep apace of other European Stadia. Between 2010 and 2011 it was renovated in order to satisfy UEFA’s Stadium regulations.

Largely funded by private donations from sponsors, KF Skënderbeu Korçë made history in 2015 by becoming the first Albanian football team to reach the play-off rounds in the Champions League.

With guaranteed progression to the Group Stages of the Europa League for the 2015/2016 season whether they win or lose against Dinamo Zagreb, the investment in the facilities at Stadion Skënderbeu have more or less been vindicated.

In the past Skënderbeu Stadium hosts International Football matches of the Albania, but in recent years including qualification for Euro 2016, Elbasan Arena has emerged as the country’s premier stadium.

Seating Plan

We can’t find a seating plan or stadium map online, if you have one please send it to us!

Stands

Skënderbeu Stadium is comprised of one main stand and another horseshoe-shaped stand which stretches across three sides of the pitch.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand

The Matchday Experience

Skenderbeu are regarded as having some of the most passionate football fans in Albania despite the relatively small population of the local area which is just under 140,000.

Away Fans

If anyone knows where the away fans sit then please let us know!

FC Skenderbeu ultras

The largest supporters group, Ujqërit e Deborës, “Snow Wolves”, are generally non-violent and follow both Skënderbeu Korçë and the national team of Albania home and away.

Best Pubs

The city centre possesses many cafes, bars and restaurants but unfortunately many lack visibility on the web which means you might have to explore the city centre.

Club Shop

There doesn’t appear to be an online store which means your best bet for picking up merchandise is at the stadium on matchdays.

Stadium Tour

There isn’t a stadium tour available of Skënderbeu.

Ticket Information

Tickets can usually be purchased on the day of the match either on the turnstiles or from the little ticket booth outside the main entrance.

Matchday Travel

Skënderbeu Stadium sits 1.6 km north of Korçë city centre where Vangjush Mio park is on Fan Noli Boulevard. The resulting walk is likely to take the average football fan no more than 20 minutes.

The City of Korçë is located within the south-east of Albania, and is the sixth largest in the country .

Main entrance of Skenderbeu Stadium

Skënderbeu Stadium’s main entrance as seen on a lively matchday.

Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Rruga Kristaq Papargjiri 1, Korçë, Albania

Car Parks

There doesn’t appear to be any car parks either at the stadium with the exception of a few spaces within the campus of Fan S. Noli University. You might have to look for on-street parking along any of the numerous residential roads to the south of the ground.

Train

Korçë doesn’t appear to be blessed with its own railway station!

Aerial view of Korce City Centre

A view of Korcha Evangelical Church and Vangjush Mio. It’s easy to see why Korcë is sometimes regarded as Abania’s cultural capital.

Airports and Flying

Kastoria National Airport 84 km away in Greece is technically the closest major airport to Korçë, however it appears as if it is only served by domestic routes by Astra Airlines.

You’re better of flying into Tirana International Airport which is named after Mother Tersea and is Albania’s only International Airport. This is located in the capital city 126 km from Korçë.

Hotels

Within the compact city centre there are a handful of affordable accommodation options including Hotel Flamingo, Hotel Regency, and Grand Hotel Palace. There is also the luxury Hotel Koçibelli which is quite reasonable in itself when you factor in currency conversions.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 10, 2015

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