Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu is a multi-purpose sports venue located in the south-western city of Targu Jiu within Gorj Country in Romania. Used to host the Romanian cup final during the 2008-2009 season, the 9,200 capacity ground first opened in 1963 and is currently home to CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu.
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Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu first opened in 1963, and to this day, the stadium remains relatively true to the original version. Municipally owned, the stadium was constructed as the main sports facilities of Târgu Jiu, and thus features an athletics track around the perimeter of the pitch making it multi-purpose by design.
The stadium is named after Tudor Vladimirescu who was a Wallachian-Romanian revolutionary hero responsible for the uprising against Ottoman rule in 1821. The municipal stadium underwent renovations in 2005 when the resident side earned promotion to the top-flight of Romanian football.
During the 2008/2009 season Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu was selected as the neutral venue to host the Romanian Cup Final between FC Timi?oara and CFR Cluj-Napoca.
This was the highest level of football held at the ground until Pandurii Targu Jiu qualified for the Group stages of the Europa League four years later, marking the first time the club had participated in a European competition sanctioned by UEFA.
Pandurii dispatched Levadia Tallinn and Hapoel Tel Aviv with relative ease in the second and third qualification rounds, and then upset the odds to defeat Braga 2-1 on aggregate. Drawn into Group E with Fiorentina, Dnipro Dniproprovsk, and Paços de Ferreira, the plucky Romanians finished fourth in a more than respectable maiden display.