The total capacity of the stadium: 34 858 seats
192 seats in the VIP-boxes
120 places for disabled persons
3 918 business seats
600 seats for media representatives
80 places for commentators
Odessa is a spare the city on Euro 2012. One of the six matches of the group, which is to be placed in Kiev and Lviv, can be given to this city.
Central stadium "Chernomorets" is a football stadium with track and field paths, the largest in southern Ukraine; it is the home arena of FC Chernomorets Odessa. After the last match in 2008 the stadium was closed for reconstruction. The stadium is located inside the park in the historic city center, near a steep cliff near the sea.
Since 1900-ies and up to early 1930 in a seaside Alexander Park one could see two Black Seas: one, wet, shined over the rocks of Langeron, and the other, dry, was on the place of today's Green Theatre.
Traditions of "Black Sea" were continued by the stadium built there, in Shevchenko Park, designed by architects A. Dubinin, N. Kanevsky and R. Vladimirskaya. And here the bottom of a huge artificial groove served as the football field, but unlike "Black Sea", it had the correct elliptical shape, and on the slopes there located the tribunes for the twenty-two thousand spectators.
Its construction began in 1925 and in 1935 it hosted the first football game: Team Odessa vs USSR national team (0:0).
The stadium with the title "in honour of Kosior" was officially opened on May 18, 1936.
Odessa was released on April 10, 1944, and already on May 28 the stadium was opened first after the war.
The names of sports arena have changed many times:
* 1938 - 1944 – “Stadium of the Shevchenko Park”,
* 1945 - 1957 - Central stadium “Pishevik”,
* 1958 - Stadium "Avangard"
* 1959 - 2003 - "Central Stadium Black Sea Shipping Company"
* since December 2003 - Central stadium "Chernomorets".
The capacity of the tribunes of the main sport kernel ranged from 22 to 50 thousand seats. Recently, after the installation of individual plastic seats, the stadium could host 34 362 people.
During the existence of the stadium, there were held over thousands of official football matches.
March 28, 2007 the stadium held its first ever official match of the national team of Ukraine: Ukrainian national team match against the Lithuanian team in the qualifying tournament of Euro 2008. The first match of the Ukrainian national team at the stadium was played on April 27, 1993: in a friendly duel meet Ukraine and Israel.
The stadium hosted four matches of the Super Cup of Ukraine in 2004-2007.
According to the draft the stadium will have 34 858 seats: 600 – press, 192 - for VIP persons in the boxes, 120 - for people with disabilities. There are provided 20 points to accommodate television cameras, 80 seats for television and radio commentators. There are 595 parking lots.
Arena will be equipped with a heated football field and modern system of artificial lighting. At the stadium there will be located two information boards with color screens. According to all accounts the new stadium will correspond to the UEFA category "Elite".