From Minsk to Borisov
From National Airport Minsk
The idea of building a new stadium for BATE Borisov appeared a long time ago. However, for many years, this was only a dream for fans. The management of the club started to think seriously about the new stadium after BATE had for the first time qualified for the Champions League group stage in 2008.
Then BATE advanced to the 2009 Europa League group round and it became obvious that BATE needed their own stadium in the hometown where the team would be able to host matches of European cups. Earlier, BATE played their Champions League and Europa League games at Minsk's Dinamo stadium, which is currently undergoing renovations.
In December 2009, in an interview with Pressball after the victorious away match against English Everton, club chairman Anatoly Kapsky said: "Recently, we have been thinking much about the new stadium. Fans have long expressed a desire for a more spacious arena in Borisov. We talked about it with the city and region authorities. We plan to initiate the construction of the stadium for 12,000-15,000 seats where we could hold international group stage matches."
The idea of building a new stadium united all Borisov residents who were not indifferent to football. Work began in 2010. Borisov MPs set up an initiative group and addressed the Belarus President suggesting that new arena be built.
Meanwhile, the management of the club began to actively seek designers. They finally chose the Slovenian company Ofis arhitekti. Since its founding in 1998, the company has acquired an excellent reputation.
Their most famous project was the stadium Ljudski Vrt in the Slovenian city of Maribor, for which the company was awarded a silver medal in the 2009 competition organized by the International Olympic Committee and the International Association of sports infrastructure.
In the summer of 2010, architects and Rok Oman and Spela Videcnik completed work on the stadium project. The project of Slovenian specialists is unique. This is purely a football stadium for up to 13,126 spectators, complying with UEFA category No.4. It allows holding in Borisov not only UEFA club competition matches at both the qualifying and group stage and the playoff.
Much attention was paid to safety. As a result, the stadium design takes into account the latest UEFA and FIFA requirements. There are enough emergency exits and the number of seats in any of the rows on the sector does not exceed 28.
Functional flexibility is an important feature of the arena. Depending on the number of tickets sold it will be possible to place additional mobile catering facilities and fan shops. Guest fans will use a separate entrance in order not to face host fans.
As many as 3,000 square meters of additional commercial space are located under northern, eastern and southern stands. Interior layouts are quite flexible, and commercial space can be divided between lessees depending on their needs.
Children's room has an area of about 500m2.
A restaurant and a bowling club are located in the eastern part of the stadium. The restaurant kitchen can serve through a technical elevator both food court of the spectator lobby bar on the first floor and also the lobby bar in the VIP zone. Fitness rooms will be opened under the southern stand.
A gym at Borisov Arena is open from 9.00 to 22.00 on weekdays and from 9.00 to 19.00 on weekends. On matchdays, the opening hours may change.
On May 1, 2014, BATE first came to the brand new pitch of Borisov Arena" and held the first training session there. Everyone was delighted. Two days later, on May 3, 2014, the official opening ceremony of the arena was held. It was attended by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. On the same day, the first official match took place. It did not feature BATE. FC Neman Grodno took on Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the Belarus Cup final.
A week later BATE finally held their first official match at the stadium. They beat the Belarusian Premier League newcomers Slutsk 3-0.
Stadium website (currently available only in Russian): borisov-arena.by