Bannikov Stadium sometimes known as Olimpik Sports Complex is a small football stadium located in Ukraine’s capital and largest city, Kiev. Home to the small club of FC Olimpik Donetsk, the facilities have often been compared to a training ground since opening in 2005.
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Olimpik Sports Complex History
The small 1,678 capacity training ground located within the Olympic Stadium Sports Complex is known as Bannikov Stadium, named after Victor Maksymovych Bannikov. Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his day, the Ukrainian famously rose to prominence with the Soviet Union National Team between 1964-1972 and Dynamo Kiev.
The Stadium was constructed in 2005 to be used by the Ukrainian National Men’s Team for training purposes but has often been used for competitive fixtures due to the neighbouring 70,050 capacity Olimpiyskiy stadium being too large for run-of-the-mill matches. The first international match held was an under 21s game against Turkey on 5th September 2005 and since then numerous youth level matches have been hosted.
Occasionally Bannikov Stadium has also been used to entertain games of the Ukrainian Premier League, acting as a temporary or reserve stadium for teams who are either renovating their facilities such as both Obolon (2005) and Arsenal Kiev (2008-2010) or for those who are forced to relocate due to circumstances beyond their control.
This was the case for FC Olimpik Donetsk during the 2015 season when conflict between Pro-Russian Separatists and Nationalist forces engulfed the Donbass Region making the local area unsafe for sports. Neighbours Shakhtar Donetsk also vacated their stadium, opting to locate further West albeit in the sanctity of Lviv.
How to get to Olimpik Sports Complex
Where is Olimpik Sports Complex?
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Olimpik Sports Complex?
Ukrainian side Olimpik Donetsk play their home matches at Olimpik Sports Complex.
What is the capacity of Olimpik Sports Complex?
As of 2021 Olimpik Sports Complex has an official seating capacity of 1,678 for Football matches.
When was Olimpik Sports Complex opened?
Olimpik Sports Complex officially opened in 2005 and is home to Olimpik Donetsk
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Olimpik Sports Complex in 2021. Please visit the official website of Olimpik Donetsk for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.