Albania-France of the next 17 November will be the first official match that will be played in the new national stadium in Tirana, the Arena Kombëtare.
The official comes from the Albanian Football Federation which has put up for sale today tickets - exclusively for the members of the FanClub "Tifozet and Kombëtares" - for the upcoming matches of the national team of Edy Reja, against Andorra and France, the last of the qualifying round.
While the first match against Andorra, the November 14, will be played at the Elbasan Arena, the big challenge against the reigning world champions, the 17 November, will be the opening game of the new national team. Tickets will go on sale to all the public starting from November 1 and - according to the Albanian media - they will start from a minimum of 1500 lek for the match against France.
The new stadium, as highlighted by SportEkspres, could soon change its name from "Arena Kombëtare" to the name of a sponsor whose research is the Federcalcio. From what leaked the companies competing for the sponsorship agreement (three million euros for a five-year contract) would be three: Bolv Oil, Vodafone and Sigal.
The Arena Kombëtare
The new 'Arena Kombëtareis a public-private partnership agreement from 50 million, with a construction company that has invested 40 million to build the stadium in exchange for public land and permission to build a tower of 24 plans - which will include a hotel , commercial facilities and so on - which will be built next to the stadium.
The Federation, on the other hand, has invested the remaining part of 10 million euros through the UEFA funds. The new stadium will be an 22.000 seat structure, which is being completed on the site of the old 'Qemal Stafa' stadium which has ceased to be used in the 2013 after failing to meet the international standards required by UEFA.
The Qemal Stafa was the stadium of Albania for over 70 years starting from the 1946, when it was inaugurated for the Balkan Cup. In these years, lacking a 'permanent home', the Albanian national football team played home games at the Elbasan Arena and 'Loro Boriçi' stadiums in Scutari, both rebuilt with government funds of around 14 million.
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