Metalist Stadium opened in 1926 and is currently the home of football club’s Metalist Kharkiv and Metalist 1925 Kharkiv. Upon its opening on the 12th September 1926, it was known as Traktor Stadium as it was sponsored by a nearby production plant and was built on the site of an old Holy Spirit cemetery. The first match was a 2-2 draw between Metalist and Dnipropretovsk.
It was renamed Zenit (Zenith) in 1940, Dzerzhynets (in honour of the Bolshevik secret police’s first director) in 1947 and then Avangard (Vanguard) between 1956 and 1976 before becoming Metalist Stadium. The stadium has undergone several renovations over the years, raising capacity from 10,000 in 1967 to 41,307 in the present day.
The most recent renovation took place in 2009 ahead of Ukraine co-hosting UEFA Euro 2012. Three group matches involving the Netherlands were played there, with the Dutch losing all three – 1-0 to Denmark, 2-1 to Germany and 2-1 to Portugal.
Metalist Kharkiv have maintained a constant presence in the stadium until its demise in 2016. A phoenix club, FC Metalist 1925 Kharkiv moved into the stadium and is now a co-tenant with Metalist Kharkiv following their revival in 2021. Shakhtar Donetsk played in the stadium from 2017 to 2020 due to the ongoing war in the Donbas region that forced them away from Donbass Arena.
Tenants: Metalist Kharkiv & Metalist 1925 Kharkiv
Tickets at Metalist Stadium
Metalist Kharkiv Tickets
Metalist Kharkiv tickets are available to purchase online, at the ticket office located at the stadium or one of the ticket points in the city as listed here. Tickets range from 30.00грн and 150.00грн.
Metalist 1925 Kharkiv Tickets
Metalist 1925 Kharkiv tickets are available to purchase online or at the ticket office located at the stadium (open daily 9am-7pm). Tickets range from 30.00грн and 200.00грн.
Location & Travel to Metalist Stadium
Metalist Stadium is located in the Sloboda district of Kharkiv, approximately 3 kilometres to the east of the city centre.
Airport: Kharkiv International Airport is the city’s main airport, offering a limited number of flights across Europe. The airport is located 10 kilometres south of the city and can be reached by bus lines 115, 119, 152, 225 and trolleybus 5.
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Bus: Bus lines 232e, 244e/t, 251e and 260e/t stop within the vicinity of the stadium.
Metro: There are two metro stations located next to the stadium – Sportyvna on the red line and Metrobudivnykiv on the green line for easy access to the city.
Train: Kharkiv railway station offers train services across the country of Ukraine, as well as internationally to Kazakhstan and Russia. The station is located 5 kilometres west of the stadium and can be reached by the red metro line (see above).
Tram: Tram lines 5 and 8 stop within the vicinity of the stadium.
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