How Tbilisi’s Dinamo Arena looked like in 1940
24 November, 2015
How Tbilisi’s Dinamo Arena looked like in 1940
Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena or simply Dinamo Arena is the main and the biggest stadium in Georgia. It is the home field of Dinamo Tbilisi. This photo taken in 1940, depicts the older version of the arena and its name was ‘the central stadium’. It was built in 1932-35 by Archil Kurdiani.

In 1970s, it was demolished and a new stadium was built by Archil Kurdiani’s son, Gia Kurdiani, on the same place. On October 26, 1976, The Lenin Dinamo
Stadium, as it was officially named, was inaugurated. The growing popularity of Dinamo Tbilisi made in necessary to build a bigger stadium and by the time of the inauguration, it was the third biggest arena in the Soviet Union. It could hold up to 78 000 people and was in accordance with Soviet Football Federation as well as UEFA demands.

The first official game was held on October 29, 1976. It was the UEFA cup match between Dinamo Tbilisi and Cardiff City of Wales. Dinamo won 3-0.
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In 1995, the stadium was given the name of one of the iconic representative of Georgian football – Boris Paitchadze. In 2006, the arena was restored, the long seats were changed and the new individual seats were installed, according to UEFA’s new demands. Because of that, the capacity was reduced to 55 000.
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In 2015, the Boris Paitchadze Dinamo Arena hosted a UEFA Supercup match between Barcelona and Sevilla.

As you can see, the difference between the original stadium and the Dinamo Arena is quite impressive.
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