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Steaua (WSPE-866)

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STADIONUL STEAUA

Bucarest, Romania

WSPE-866

Steaua Stadium (Romanian: Stadionul Steaua), informally also known as Ghencea, is a football stadium in Bucharest, Romania, home of Ministry of National Defence of Romania. Also called Ghencea Stadium, it was inaugurated on 9 April 1974 when Steaua played a friendly game against OFK Belgrade, 2–2.

At the time it was one of the first football-only stadiums ever built in Romania, as there are no athletic (track and field) facilities, and the stands are very close to the pitch.
 
The original capacity was 30,000 on benches, but in 1991 when the plastic seats were installed, the capacity dropped to 28,365, along with 126 press seats, 440 seats in VIP boxes and 733 armchairs. The floodlighting system, with a density of 1400 lux, has been inaugurated in 1991.
 
The stadium has been renovated in 1996 and 2006 in order to host UEFA Champions League games, and is now offering some state-of-the-art facilities such as: a four-star establishment with all the facilities required for the team, internet for the press-room, 17 cameras for video surveillance, electrically heated pitch, an automated irrigation system, and a modern scoreboard capable of playing replays. Lately there have been talks for increasing the capacity to either 45,000 or 60,000 with the company that, among others, has worked on building stadia such as Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt and renovating ones as Olympiastadion in Berlin.
 
The Romanian national football team was also a tenant. The first game played by the national team at Steaua was in March 1977 against Turkey. Since then other 59 games were played, the last one in May 2008 against Montenegro. Also, several matches from the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, including the final, have been hosted by the arena.

Unused 4" x 6" continental size chrome.

World Stadiums Postcard Edition

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