"Vanguard" - the dead stadium of Pripyat

     As you know, the construction of the city of Pripyat began simultaneously with the construction of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in the early 1970s. Most residents of Pripyat worked at the station. The city developed every year, new buildings were constructed that were intended for the cultural development of the population. As throughout the USSR, Pripyatts were actively involved in sports and led a sporty lifestyle. In the city of Pripyat there were two football stadiums, a swimming pool, a yacht club and a huge variety of different sports clubs and clubs.

     In the mid-1970s, in the city of Pripyat, a football team was created - the Builder. All team members were listed in the construction management of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The football team participated in district and regional tournaments and competitions. The plans were to rise to a more serious level, and receive the title of a team of masters. "Builder" was very close to become the best, to be champions and get the title of master.

     Before the construction of the Vanguard, Pripyat received football guests in an old small stadium on the outskirts of Pripyat. In the mid-1980s, up to fifty thousand people lived in the city, so the small stands of the old stadium were always packed to capacity by the audience. Therefore, the construction of a new stadium was a real gift to the residents of the city.

     The large Avangard stadium for five thousand people was located in 4 microdistrict, right behind the amusement park, almost in the very center of Pripyat. The construction of the stadium was completed in 1986, a gala open was planned together with an amusement park for the celebration of May 1 (Day of Workers' Solidarity / Labor Day) - May 1, 1986. The Builder never became a professional football club. April 26, the explosion of the 4th block of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, brought down all the plans and hopes of the residents of the city of Pripyat.

The purpose of the stadium during the aftermath of the accident
     As we already know, the open stadium was due on May 1st. The team was going to play another football match in a new field. On April 26, during the preparatory training, a helicopter landed on the field, from which people in overalls and equipment came out and reported that the match would not take place. All subsequent matches were also canceled, and the next day the evacuation of Pripyat and the surrounding villages and villages began.

     In 1987, the city of Slavutich was built for Chernobyl workers, with its central stadium, where the Builder later performed. But only it was the "Builder" of the city of Slavutich.

     In the aftermath of the accident, the stadium was used as a landing pad for helicopters.

     Later, a meteorological station was placed on the football field with equipment for monitoring the radiation situation in the Exclusion Zone.


Vanguard today
     Today, thinking that it used to be a stadium is only reminiscent of the stands and benches located on the side of the main entrance to the stadium. On the football field has long grown forest and shrubs.

     The footage of the Avangard stadium can be seen in Mikhail Belikov's film Decay, where footage of a helicopter flying over Pripyat was shot.

     Stadium "Vanguard", well known to fans of the popular game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. "Shadow of Chernobyl", therefore, we highly recommend visiting here and comparing the computer plot with reality.


Excursions and tours to the Chernobyl exclusion zone

     You can visit the Avangard stadium on an excursion with our company CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE, in a group or individual (private) tour. Vanguard stadium is included in the tourist route in almost every tour option. There are a lot of interesting objects in Pripyat, so we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the options for one-day and multi-day tours to the Chernobyl zone and choose the appropriate format for a group or individually (private) tour. If you go with us on an excursion to Chernobyl, you will hear the exciting stories of our guides who have been exploring the secrets of the Chernobyl zone for many years. There is also a unique opportunity to meet the sunset in Pripyat, explore the city at night, visit unusual places in Pripyat, go to the city of Pripyat - Slavutich twin, see robots, heavy army equipment, tell the secrets of the super-secret town of Chernobyl-2, which is not on any map . To do this, just sign up for any date in the calendar of tours, or call us. We recommend renting a personal dosimeter - a device for measuring background radiation, which will constantly inform you about the level of radiation conditions in the area where you are. In memory of visiting the Chernobyl zone, you can buy souvenirs from us. For our guests, we provide a special “tourist kit” which includes: water, wet and dry wipes, company leaflet, respirator. Follow the instructions of the attendant, be careful and careful when walking. Thank you for choosing CHERNONYL ADVENTURE for your trip to Chernobyl.

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