“Huvepharma Arena” is the official stadium of PFC Ludogorets. The facility was built in the 1950s of the 20th century and was reconstructed in the summer of 2011. The stadium currently meets all criteria for hosting matches from the Bulgarian Elite Group and the group phase of the European tournaments. “Huvepharma Arena” was the stadium where Ludogorets welcomed its competitors during the group phase of UEFA Europa League during the 2017/2018 season; this was the time when the club managed to achieve a historical 2:1 win against Hoffenheim.
The reconstruction of “Huvepharma Arena” began when the first investments in the club were made and Ludogorets began to rise. The first operations related to the reconstruction of the facility were initiated in 2011, but the big scale construction work began after the 2010/2011 season ended. Just a day after Ludogorets won the Champion’s Cup of the East “B” group, the heavy duty construction machines entered the stadium and within days the whole field was dropped with three meters, followed by the construction of a drainage and a heating system. In the middle of August 2011 the “Ontario” company began the installation of the grass overlay.
The tribunes were renovated alongside the construction of the field.
A whole new sector was constructed in the southern part of the stadium, capable of accommodating 700 people. In 2015 the new “Moti” grandstand took its place. This part of the stadium now has 2,308 seats and is the sector where the biggest fans of the club are positioned during each game. The entirely new “V” sector was officially opened in 2017.
The safety features are one of the remarkable things about “Huvepharma Arena”. The whole stadium could be completely emptied out in just three minutes. Except for the gates and the exit points, there are numerous emergency exits that allow for the spectators to be quickly evacuated on the field in case of a disaster, which is considered to be safest possible procedure.
“Huvepharma Arena” is equipped with state-of-the-art video surveillance which maximizes the security level. All the cameras are capable of recording even the smallest acts of vandalism or inappropriate behavior; they are also capable of detecting false passes upon entrance. A very effective cooperation system with the local police has been established and during the grand opening of the facility several wrongdoers were apprehended. These people would be detected by the surveillance system if they attempt to enter the stadium again.
Entrance to the stadium is only possible via turnstiles.
“Huvepharma Arena” features three separate parking lots, one of which is reserved for the media representatives. There is also a fully equipped conference room available, as well as high-speed internet.
The current capacity of the stadium is 8,500 people. A one-of-a-kind multimedia screen has been installed to broadcast the ads and video presentations of all the club sponsors. The screen is a massive 9x6 meters device and it is similar to those on “Camp Nou” and “Santiago Bernabeu”.
The stadium also features the best lighting equipment in the country, delivering light that is equivalent to 2,000 lux.
On May 15th 2015 was the official opening of the “Moti” grandstand, which was initiated in September the previous year. The new sector has exactly 2308 seats, equal in shape and size to those at “Ällianz Arena” in Munich. Most of them are covered with an apron. For the comfort of the spectators there is a separate catering zone, TVs, luxurious toilets and an emergency room. The access is through turnstiles, which is a great safety feature.
The team have on their disposal modern and spacious locker rooms with all the necessary conveniences, and the tunnel has been sourced from Great Britain, the same type used for the facilities of the best British teams. For the media there is a conference room provided, as well as a mix zone.
Another stage of the “Huvepharma Arena” reconstruction has begun during season 2016/2017. The goal is to match the stadium to every UEFA criteria and make it eligible to host games from the European club tournaments up the semi-final phase. The construction of “V” sector began in April 2017, which was opened for spectators on August 12th 2017 for the game against Vereya (Stara Zagora). The grandstand has nearly 4 000 seats, VIP sections, and underground parking lot for the VIP guests. Similar to the “Moti” grandstand, the promenade of the sector houses the Hall of fame with pictures of the memorable games of Ludogorets in the European club tournaments.
The next stage of the reconstruction of “Huvepharma Arena” was initiated in February 2018 when construction work on the new “Guest” sector began. The old tribune was demolished and the new one is currently being built in its place. The new facility will resemble the “Moti” grandstand and will feature all the safety precautions needed in order to meet the highest standards. The construction is scheduled for completion in June 2018.