Vasil Levski National Stadium
(), named after Bulgarian national hero Vasil Levski
, is one of Bulgaria's largest sports venues and the country's second largest stadium. The stadium has 43,632 seats and is located in the centre of Sofia
, on the territory of the city's oldest and most famous park - the Borisovata gradina
Vasil Levski National Stadium was officially opened in 1953 and reconstructed in 1966 and 2002. The Bulgaria national football team
's home matches and the Bulgarian Cup
finals are held at the venue, as well as athletics
competitions. It was also used as the home venue for Levski Sofia's Champions League games.
Prior to their demolition by the Communist authorities during the 1940s, two other stadiums stood on the ground where the current national stadium lies. One of those was Levski Sofia
's club stadium and the other - the Yunak Stadium
. The latter used to host national football team matches with its capacity of about 15,000 seats. Levski were compensated for their loss with a place in the suburbs of Sofia where they were allowed to build a new stadium - the present day Georgi Asparuhov
The stadium offers also judo
, artistic gymnastics
and table tennis
halls, as well as a general physical training hall, two conference halls and three restaurants.It hosted the 1957 European basketball championship
It was the proposed venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Sofia's bid for the 2014 Winter......