venerdì 28 agosto 2009

Donetsk 'Olympic Games'

Donetsk 'Olympic Games'

DONETSK, Ukraine, August 28/PRNewswire/ --

- Grand Opening of Donbass Arena Stadium Gets the "Olympic" Treatment and Stars Beyoncé

The Grand Opening ceremony of the new 50,000 capacity Donbass
Arena will start at 20:00 local time, on 29 August in Donetsk (Ukraine). The
Donbass Arena will become the new home of FC Shakhtar - the 2009 UEFA Cup
Winners. Moreover, the Arena, which is the first in Eastern Europe to be
designed and built to UEFA five star standards, will host the group stages,
quarterfinals and semifinals of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championships
which will be jointly hosted by Ukraine and Poland.

The eye-catching stadium was designed by a British company
Arup Sport, which was the creative and inspirational force behind ultimate
European arenas, such as Manchester City's City of Manchester Stadium (Great
Britain) and Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena (Germany). The Donbass Arena's
design is the brain child of Arup's internationally-renowned British
architect, Jay Parrish, and his vision is crystallized in the building's
glazed facade, soaring roof, dramatic lighting scheme and elegant
landscaping. The total project budget was USD 400m.

The stunning Grand Opening ceremony has been prepared by the
Italian agency, K-Events, which is vastly experienced in organising major
international events (including Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XX
Olympic Winter Games in Turin, 2006, and, the XVI Mediterranean Games in
Pescara, 2009). Apart from the spectacular group choreography and the unique
pyrotechnic extravaganza, the major highlight of the show will be the
performance of the iconic US star - Beyoncé Knowles.

After the opening, Donbass Arena will become a
multi-functional sports, cultural and business centre for the city and the
region. In addition to being able to host future Champions League and Europa
League finals, the stadium can be adapted for different types of shows,
conferences and fairs. On a daily basis visitors can enjoy stadium tours;
visit the FC Shakhtar museum, where one can mine a rich seam of the club's
history; shop at the largest stadium-located NIKE store; work out at the
fitness centre, and relax at a number of luxury restaurants with panoramic
views, as well as enjoy numerous bars and a fans' café. The Donbass Arena
also has a state-of-the-art Media Centre and is equipped with comfortable
corporate boxes.

Stadium-related photographs and video footage can be found at:

Source: Donbass Arena LLC

Andriy Babeshko, Head of The Media Centre of Donbass Arena LLC, Contact phone +38-067-5433325

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