Redeveloped from the old Gradski Stadion, the National Arena Filip II of Macedonia will host the 2017 UEFA Super Cup, FYR Macedonia's first UEFA club competition final.
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FYR Macedonia will host its first UEFA club competition final in 2017 after the UEFA Super Cup was awarded to Skopje's National Arena Filip II of Macedonia.
The decision was taken last year to award the landlocked Balkan country its first major showpiece, which will be staged on 8 August. The National Arena Filip II of Macedonia is no stranger to UEFA games, though. During extensive renovations it hosted five matches at the 2010 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship – the 8,000 that turned out to watch the hosts take on Spain remains a competition record.
Factfile: National Arena Filip II of Macedonia
UEFA capacity: 33,460
Tenants: FYR Macedonia, FK Vardar, FK Rabotnicki
• Named after an ancient king, father of Alexander the Great, the venue is a redevelopment of the former national arena – the Gradski Stadion.
• Re-opened on 12 August 2009 when FYR Macedonia lost 3-2 to European champions Spain in a friendly.
• Hosted five games during the 2010 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, including the decider won by France and a group game between Spain and the hosts that attracted a competition record crowd of 8,000.
• An illuminated outer façade was completed in 2013 and the arena is also adapted to host concerts including the likes of Pink and Carlos Santana.