National Stadium „Vasil Levski“ is а unique sports property in Bulgaria.
It was constructed after a decision was taken in 1949 for the construction of a new stadium in the city center. The author of the architectural project was architect Tenjo Dundakov. The stadium was opened in 1953. Based on its size and concept, the sports facility is designed primarily for football matches.
The stadium features a capacity of 43 358 seats. Besides the playground field /for playing football/ and the adjacent fields, runways and playgrounds, the stadium features 14 sports halls for practicing judo, gymnastics, basketball, boxing, swordplay, general training and covered running track.
In the stadium are held all meetings of the national football team and are organized competitions in athletics and basketball.
The National Stadium has two conference halls as well – „Rodina Hall“ and the Press Club “Bulgaria“, which are in sector A. Above the main lobby is to be found the exhibition hall of the Museum of Sport, where are stored and presented to the audience many items revealing the history and achievements of the Bulgarian sport.
In the past, the stadium has hosted major international competitions and tournaments. It was also a venue of several world records in the athletics. In 1994 the stadium hosted the spectacular welcoming of the national football team after ranking of fourth place at the Football World Cup in the United States.
After a basic reconstruction /held in 2003/, the stadium has hosted various musical events as well. During the concerts of Scorpions, Metallica, Madonna, AC / DC and other famous musicians, the stadium was absolutely full of people.