Euro 2012 Stadium Profile: Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv

With a pitch proclaimed to be "even better than at Arsenal's Emirates stadium", Kharkiv's Spider Arena will host three Group B matches at Euro 2012
Opened: 1926 (renovated 2009)
Official capacity: 38,633
Highest attendance: 42,000
Metalist v Tavria, Sep 1980

Euro 2012 Matches

Jun 9: Group B1 vs Group B2, 18.00 CET
Jun 13: Group B1 vs Group B3, 20.45 CET
Jun 17: Group B4 vs Group B1, 20.45 CET


The Metalist Stadium in Ukraine is located five kilometres north of Kharkiv's centre and has a metro station adjacent to the ground.


The ground has undergone an extensive process of modernisation ahead of Euro 2012 next summer, while the man who heads the company responsible for those changes, Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, claims the pitch "will be even better than the one in Arsenal's Emirates Stadium".

Did You Know?

Metalist Stadium is nicknamed 'The Spider Arena' due to multiple leg-like roof supports surrounding the ground's exterior.