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Georgia’s new Batumi football stadium opens

The new UEFA Category IV football stadium has officially opened in Georgia’s Black Sea resort town of Batumi.

Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia officially opened the venue in a pared down ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Construction of the €37 million stadium kicked off in January 2018 on eight hectares of land near a former automobile assembly factory.

Designed by the Turkish architectural firm Bahadir Kul Architects (BKA), Batumi Stadium has capacity for 20,000 spectators.

The double-tiered stands have a traditional layout and split the crowd almost perfectly between the lower and upper decks, 10,040 and 9,995 seats respectively.

BKA has designed numerous stadiums in the region, including the 40,000-seat stadium in Konya.

The main tenant of the stadium will be FC Dinamo Batumi, who will move from their current home at the Chele Arena.

The new venue boasts a membrane roof and LED lighting on its outside carcass, used for lighting the construction up in various colours.

The concept is inspired by Georgia’s passion for dance. It utilises the motion of ‘whirling’, in common with the dances of the Caucasus. The building’s outer skin captures motion in a well-delivered way, producing a dynamic impression.

Neutral by day, the cladding will be dynamically illuminated at night to represent colours of Georgia, Adjara region or local football team Dinamo.