Kyiv is a city with lots of interesting sights. You can walk down the silent streets of Podil district which lie next to the noisy Khreshchatyk. You can visit lots of museums, cathedrals, enjoy the beauty of parks…In the capital of Ukraine there is a place which combines the spectacular landscape and special architecture. This is Dynamo stadium named after the legendary Valeriy Lobanovskyi.
Football field instead of greenhouses
In the beginning of the 20th century on the territory of the present-day stadium there were greenhouses which supplied the royal residence Mariyinskyi Palace with fruit and vegetables. Next to greenhouses there was also the popular restaurant called Château de Fleur.
In the 1920th the local Dynamo sports society built several sport grounds, football field, basketball, volleyball and handball pitches on this territory. But this was not enough for sportsmen so it was decided to build a large stadium with necessary infrastructure.
The authors of the building project were V. Osmak and V. Bespalyi. In 1934 the Dynamo stadium was opened for viewers. On the stands there were enough places for 23,000 spectators who came here to enjoy the game of Dynamo Kyiv football club.
Since that time the stadium became the home arena for our club. Citizens of Kyiv attended matches of Dynamo very eagerly. In 1936 they saw how our footballers defeated Turkey national team with 9:1 score and grabbed the winner against Moscow Army Club (3:1) in the first Soviet Union championship match. In 1937 on this stadium our team won against Torpedo Moscow (2:0) and in 1939 – against Dynamo Moscow (3:1).
Before the Second World War Dynamo Kyiv won silver and bronze medals of Soviet Union championship on the new stadium.
During the war the stadium was destroyed. Even in the 1990th they found several bombs under toe cams…