A. Le Coq Arena or Lilleküla Stadium as it was originally known is the home ground of both Flora Tallinn and the national football team of Estonia.
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Lilleküla Stadium first opened on 2nd June 2001 with a 2002 World Cup qualification match against the Netherlands. Attended by a sold out crowd of 9,323, Estonia at one point when two nil, but ultimately succumbed to a 4-2 defeat by their more illustrious visitors.
Home to Estonia’s National Football Team ever since, the new facilities replaced Estonia’s former home, Kadrioru Stadium which dates back to 1926. Capable of accommodating up to 5,000, even for a small nation such as Estonia the ground was deemed too small – not to mention the antiquated facilities on offer.
The ground forms part of the wider sports complex which also contains the Sportland Arena or for sponsorship reasons A. Le Coq. Miniarena. Capable of holding 500 fans, this pitch is generally used for the reserve matches and youth games of both FC Flora.
For sponsorship reasons the stadium is currently known as A. Le Coq Arena which is the name of the most popular beer in Estonia. Founded in London back in 1807 and brewed in Tartu, from 1826 onwards, the company today retains its headquarters in Estonia.
As for the future of the A. Le Coq Arena there’s little to suggest that the ground will be expanded further. Although it can be expanded to 10,300 via temporary seating, this option is very rarely taken up these days, although it was used for the Euro 2016 qualification match against England back in October 2014.
Below is a seating plan of Estonia National Team's A. Le Coq Arena:
A. Le Coq Arena is rectangular shaped, and comprised of four distinct stands: North, East, South and West.
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.
The Matchday Experience
Away fans are housed within the uncovered north stand which spans two-tiers including sections A1-A4, and B14-B17. When England visited for a qualification match, additional temporary seating was installed at the front to create a third tier and in total an estimated 1,200 tickets were allocated to England supporters.
You can enter the away section via the north-west corner which is signposted as “LÜÜS 4” for the lower tier and “TREPP 7” for the upper.
The old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will find numerous picturesque pubs and bars within this area to enjoy a drink from.
There is a shop at the stadium called “Sportland Football” which sells top-flight club shirts and a range of other merchandise. Please check before visiting however the shop is reportedly open during the week from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm (Thanks to Angelo Palmeri).
Perhaps unsurprisingly there’s aren’t any stadium tours available of Estonia;s A. Le Coq Arena. We doubt this will change in the future either unless major expansion occurs!
A. Le Coq Arena sits anywhere between 2.6 – 3.0 km south from Tallinn’s city centre with the distance by foot easily walk able within 35-40 minutes for most fans coming from the beautiful Old Town.
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
- A. Le Coq Arena, Asula 4, 11312 Tallinn, Estonia
There are three small car parks at the stadium itself however they couldn’t possibly hold more than a few hundred spaces combined.
There are no hotels within the Lilleküla district where the ground is which means you will have to head back to the city centre – which is by no means a bad thing.
You will find a lot of familiar names such as the Park Inn Radisson Blu with a general rule of thumb being that anything outside the Old Town on the whole is slightly cheaper!