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100,000 people visit National Arena

According to the Romanian Gendarmerie, over 100,000 people have visited the new National Arena that will be inaugurated on September 6 when the national team will play against France in the EURO 2012 preliminaries, Hotnews informs.

The National Arena was opened to public on Saturday at 5 PM. The stadium’s floodlights were turned on at 9 PM. The open doors event was not marred by any incidents.

The new National Arena has 55,000 seats and features a modern architectural style. It has 94 access ways and 40 evacuation stairways. The stadium can fill up in 20 minutes and can be evacuated in just 8. Four giant screens, each measuring 30 square meters, hang above the pitch. The stadium cost EUR 131 M (VAT not included). “Bucharesters have proven that they know how to enjoy something built entirely with their money,” Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu stated.

The Bucharest Mayor stated that he is happy so many Bucharesters came to see the arena. Oprescu considered it an honour for him to open the stadium for Bucharesters, because the stadium is all theirs and they have to see it first.

The floodlights were turned on at 9 PM, allowing those present to see how the stadium looks at night.

Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu came to the National Arena accompanied by PRM President Corneliu Vadim Tudor, stating that he is proud he could give Bucharesters this stadium, which is theirs, having been built with their money.

“This is more than chalking up a goal, it’s a source of pride because this is the Bucharesters’ stadium, it was built with their money,” Sorin Oprescu stated.

PRM President Corneliu Vadim Tudor stated that the National Arena is an architectural jewel, pointing out that he has been on dozens of stadiums around the world but the one in Bucharest is one worthy of the third millennium and proves “the Romanian people’s genius.”

The Romanian Football Federation’s general manager Ioan Angelo Lupescu and his father, a former football player, also visited the National Arena.

Sorin Oprescu pointed out that the stadium will be inaugurated on September 6 on the occasion of Romania’s game against France.

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