Skonto Stadium

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Last Updated: July 19, 2019

Inside Skonto Stadium before kick-off

Stadium Overview

Team: Latvia National Team

Address: Riga

Capacity: 9,500

Opened: 2000

Skonto Stadium or Skonto Stadions in Latvian has been the home ground of both Skonto FC and the Latvia National Football Team since opening in the summer of 2000.

Stadium Guide

History

Skonto Stadium first opened on 28th June 2000 symbolically ushering in a new era of sports for the small nation of Latvia. Envisioned as as a purpose-built footballing stadium, the design incorporates the nearby Skonto Hall which is used to host Ice Hockey matches, entertainment events and exhibitions.

As the largest stadium in Latvia and arguably the most modern, it is the de-facto home of the Latvian National Team although it is also home to Skonto FC who the ground shares a name with.

The record attendance to date was set during a Euro 2004 play-off match against Turkey when just over 10,000 supporters saw Latvia secure a narrow one nil victory which ultimately helped them qualify for the tournament – the first in the small nation’s history and only to date.

As for club football, the highest level of matches played at Skonto Stadium came during the 2009/2010 season when Latvian team FK Ventspils leased the stadium after reaching the Europa League group stages. Finishing bottom of the table with 3 points, Ventspils played three high level opponents in Hertha BSC, Heerenveen and Sporting CP.

Skonto FC on the other hand regularly participate in the qualification rounds of the Champions League, however they have yet to progress beyond the 2nd round since moving into Skonto Stadium.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Latvia National Team's Skonto Stadium:

Skonto Stadium seating plan Latvia

Stands

Skonto Stadium is comprised of three unique stands which just stretch across every side of the pitch whilst not quite covering it fully:

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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

For international matches such as Latvia v Netherlands on 12th June 2015 the travelling supporters were housed within the southernmost section of the eastern stand within blocks S, T, U and V.

A new south stand appears to be under construction so this may soon change however.

Best Pubs

The country of Latvia is slowly developing its reputation as a tourist destination, and thus you can expect to find a good number of bars and pubs within the city centre.

Club Shop

We don’t have this information to hand currently. Apologies.

Stadium Tours

It doesn’t appear as if either the Latvian Football Federation or Skonto FC currently fans the chance to undertake a tour of Skonto Stadion. If this changes we’ll be sure to update this section.

Matchday Travel

Skonto Stadium sits on the eastern bank of the River Daugava approximately 1.8 km km from Riga Cathedral in the historic city centre. This means that you can easily walk to the ground within 20 minutes.

Entrance to Skonto Hall

Adjacent and overlooking the pitch is Skonto Hall which forms part of the wider sports complex.

Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Skonto Stadions, Emi?a Melngai?a iela 1, R?ga, LV-1010, Latvia

Car Parks

There are several small car parks scattered around Skonto Stadions and Skonto Halle although the matchday parking restrictions are unknown. Make sure you get there early in case you need to find a Plan B.

Train

Riga Central Station or R?gas Centr?l? dzelzce?a stacija as it is sometimes known as is the main railway station of the city, located centrally in the historic quarter.

Airports and Flying

Riga International Airport is the largest airport in Latvia and is the main commercial flight hub of the city. It sits anywhere between 8-9.00 km west of the historic city centre depending on how you define it.

Hotels

The two closest hotels to the stadium are the reasonably priced Albert and City Hotel Teater. Back towards the city centre here are numerous more accommodation options including a Radisson Blu amongst others.


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Last Updated: July 19, 2019