Gjirokastra Stadium is a football stadium located in Gjirokastër, Albania. In addition to football competitions, it also could be used as a place for large-scale concerts, allies and some significant activities. Now, it is usually used for some football games and is taken as the home playground of the club KS Luftëtari Gjirokastër. It could accommodate more than 8,000 people at a time.
II Refurbishment in 2016
In order to meet the standards of some significant matches, the refurbishment of the football stadium started from 2016, improving some infrastructures and converting it into an all-seat stadium. After the completion of the first-stage refurbishment, the football stadium can fulfill all requirements for hosts of Albanian Superliga matches. This refurbishment covers many aspects of the football stadium, such as the playing surface, plastic seat of main stand, CCTV and renovation of the changing room for players and officials. Funded by the Municipality of Gjirokastër, the Albanian Football Association and the club’s boss Grigor Tavo, the refurbishment was completed at a cost of 15,000,000 Albanian lek, about €110,000.
As a grand football stadium built from 1961, many figures of eminent football players, who grow from a small footall club and finally pull on a Albania football shirt, and classic scenes in the history of Albania football have taken place at the rare football stadium. In addition to as a place for some football matches, it also could be used for some large-scale activities, such as concerts and some significant activities. The construction work of the Flamurtari Stadium began from 1961, with an initial capacity of 6,500. The football stadium experienced another expansion, increasing the capacity of the stadium to 16,500 people.
For the rising of the club, the football club would face its golden era, which makes the stadium accommodate up to 15,000 spectators. Nevertheless, the football stadium attracted 18,5000 spectators during the holding period of FC Barcelona in the UEFA Cup, breaking the previous records once again. Good infrastructure is necessary for a multi-purpose football stadium. From 2004 to 2012, it was refurbished by the funding of Albanian Football Association, converting the previous football stadium into an all-seat stadium.
Selman Stërmasi Stadium locates in Tirana, Albania, with a capacity of 9,500. As a multi-purpose stadium, it is used for many football games and is taken as the home ground of KF Tirana, a football stadium in the capital city Tirana. For discrepancies in admittance charges, the football stadium is refused to be used by Dinamo (FK Dinamo Tirana) and Partizani after 2010. Same with many multi-purpose football stadium, it also could be used as a place for some large-scale concerts and allies. In the vicinity of the Lana stream and of former exhibition site “Shqiperia Sot”, it can provide many seats for a single competition at a same time. It was originally named as Dinamo Stadium before 1991, after the completion of construction work.
In 1991, the Football Association of Albania decided to replace the original name with the name of a famous Albanian football player, coach and president, Selman Stërmasi. After a long-term construction work, many infrastructure equipment are improved in the football stadium, including main pitch, seated area and facility. There are also many items likely to be improved in the future, e.g. sideway seated areas, shopping center under the central stand and press conference room.
As a multi-purpose football stadium in Albania, the Elbasan Arena locates in Elbasan, Albania. In addition to significant sports event, it also be used as a place for large-scale concerts, allies and other activities. After completion of the construction work, Elbasan Arena has been taken as the home ground for for KF Elbasani since 1967. After reconstruction, the football stadium was completed on Oct. 8, 2014, with a capacity of 12, 800. From then on, the Elbasan Arena became the third-largest football stadium in Albania.
More Details on the 2014 Reconstruction
Prior to host some significant matches at the Elbasan Arena, the Elbasan Arena has to be renovated. In 2004, it was reconstructed at a cost over €5.5 million. Many improvements have been made during this construction, such as floodlights, plastic seats, changing rooms and playing surface. Up to now, the highest recorded number of spectators is 12,800, providing a superb football field for many international and significant matches.
Widely considered as a multi-purpose football stadiums in Albania, Loro Boriçi Stadium is a large pitch for many international matches, also home ground for Vllaznia. From 2015 to 2016, the football stadium was reconstructed to an all-seat stadium, which could accommodate 16,022 at most. Second to Stafa Stadium in Tirana, it is taken as the second-largest football field in Albania.
The original Loro Boriçi Stadium was built from May 17, 1950. After its inauguration on May 1, 1952, the football stadium was taken as a football field for the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifiers in 2004. The reconstruction of the Loro Boriçi Stadium in 2015 leaves the football stadium an increased capacity – 18,100 seats.
III A Prospective Stadium for Kosovo National Football Team
At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the football stadium is likely to be the Kosovo national football team for the renovation of their football stadium. The Prime Minister of Albania has also confirmed the information in a social media platform. Not only sports events, but also large-scale concerts could be held in the football stadium.