Another Lokomotiv stadium, this one in Bulgaria’s second city of Plovdiv and home to PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Nicknamed the Lauta–after the (surprise) park its located in (this is Eastern Europe after all)–the Stadion Lokomotiv is a classic Bulgarian affair with lots of drab concrete capable of housing 12,000 football fans. The stadium is a walk from the city center, giving it some distance from their rival’s Hristo Botev stadium. Since this visit in the summer of 2010 the stadium has installed floodlights and received a small renovation to one of the stands (you can see some of the work being done in the pictures below). During this visit I was also able to grab a nice Lokomotiv Plovdiv shirt, which can be seen in the “Football Shirts” category.

 

The trees engulf the entry to the stadium:

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LAUTA HOOLS, courtesy of the ultras:

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A new team bus:

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Summer ’tis the season for renovations:

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An old team bus…but a new Mercedes:

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