Albania’s new national football stadium will be inaugurated during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against France on November 17, it has been confirmed.
The Tirana venue has been built at a cost of €75m (£64.8m/$83.7m) and has a capacity of 22,000. A test match between the Vllaznia and Apolonia women’s teams was held at the ground yesterday (Sunday).
Construction work on the stadium, which will be known as the National Arena, began in the spring of 2016. The stadium has been built on the site of the former Stadiumi Qemal Stafa, which had a capacity of 20,000 before being demolished in 2016.
Albanian Football Federation (FSHF) president Armand Duka said, according to the AFP news agency: “There is no doubt that the new stadium in Tirana will be inaugurated … by the match between Albania and France. Everything will be ready for November 17.”
Albania is currently fourth in Group H, with France sitting in second behind Turkey. France has been allocated 1,053 tickets for the November 17 match.