Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium or just the Republican Stadium as it commonly known is the current home of the Armenian National Football Team, having first been used by the country in 1999.
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The original ground known as Dinamo Stadion first opened in 1935, and it remained open for 64 years before being replaced by the Republic Stadion in 1999. Dinamo was demolished and rebuilt to a more modern specification, and it was only after the ground was rebuilt that the Armenian National Team made the stadium its home.
A few months after reopening the ground’s name was renamed in honour of Vazgen Sargsyan, the Armenian Prime Minister who was assassinated in parliament. The ground’s origins and name have always been somewhat political with the original moniker “Dinamo Stadium” the direct result of Soviet Rule.
With a lack of funding Republican Stadium slowly became a set of outdated facilities by the end of the 20th century, and coming into the new millennium it desperately needed renovation. After initially struggling to raise the required capital back in 1995, the local council secured $3 million four years later.
The money was predominantly spent on the installation of modern plastic seating, and ensuring that all parts of the ground received adequate roof coverage. Better executive facilities and changing rooms were also installed as per recommendations from UEFA executive committee who preside over stadium requirements.
In recent years renovations have been less extensive with the installation of a new playing surface in August 2008 arguably the most notable occurrence. Conversion of some seating in the main stands to VIP Areas as per UEFA’s guidelines also resulted in a slight reduction in capacity from 14,968 to 14,403.
The Matchday Experience
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As the capital city of Armenia the types of pubs, restaurants and cafes available are all fairly western meaning you will certainly find somewhere warm and friendly to sink a few pints.
There’s nothing to suggest that there’s a permanent football store at the ground. If you want to pick up any merchandise then you’re best bet is to attend a match.
It doesn’t appear as if tours are currently available of Armenia’s Republican Stadium. We doubt this will change in the future unless major renovation work occurs!
Depending on where you define the centre of Yerevan from, the Republican Stadium is anywhere between 2-3.0 km away.
As the city centre is fairly compact the average Football Tripper can make the journey by foot in well under 40 minutes.
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
Republican Stadium, 65 Vardanants St, Yerevan, 0070, Armenia
Situated in a dense residential area there is limited parking available at the stadium. You’re much better of parking away from the ground and either walking or catching the metro.
The closest metro station is Zoravar Andranik which is located 1.2km west of the Republican Stadium. This makes the walk a much more manageable 15 minutes.
Airports and Flying
Zvartnots Airport sits 12 km west of Yerevan, and since opening in 1971 it has been the main international airport of Armenia. Upon landing you can either catch bus number 108 into the city centre or if you have the money one of the main Aerotaxis.
The majority of accommodation options are back within the circular city centre just past the Khanjyan Street which forms the bottom right hand quarter of this ring road. Affordable options include the likes of Shirak Hotel, Hotel Erebuni, and the 14th floor hotel.