The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev is the premier sports venue in Ukraine and the second largest in eastern Europe. Located on Cherepanov Hill in Kiev, the complex’s history dates back to 1923 when it was known as the Red Stadium of Trotsky. Originally designed with an eye toward hosting the Olympic Games, the complex underwent extensive renovations prior to Ukraine hosting the final of Euro 2012. The renovation added a roof over the seating areas, a new press box and luxury boxes and a 13-story Sheraton Kiev Olimpskiy Hotel. With a seating capacity of more than 70,000 the complex regularly hosts major football matches and has hosted concerts by international stars such as Shakira, George Michael, Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tours of the complex include the changing rooms of the FC Dynamo Kiev football team, the players’ tunnel, the stadium bowl and the second tier of the stadium, which offers great views of the surrounding area.
The complex stands on the right bank of the Dnipro River in Kiev and can be reached by either Velyka Vasylkivska Street or Lesi Ukrainki Boulevard, although the main arena can only be reached through several smaller streets such as Fizkultury, Saksahanskoho, Shota Rustaveli, Esplanadna Streets and Hospitalny Lane. It is within walking distance of the Olimpiiska and Palats Sportu Metro stations, although they are sometimes closed during matches. Other nearby stations include Kovska, Zoloti Vorota, Tetralna and Palats Ukrayina.