Stadionul Dan Păltinișanu
|Full name||Dan Păltinișanu|
|Former names||1 Mai (1963–1996)|
|Location||Timișoara , Romania|
|Coordinates||45°44′25.65″N 21°14′39.10″E / 45.7404583°N 21.2441944°E|
|Owner||Timiș County Council|
ACS Poli Timișoara|
SS Politehnica Timișoara
|Field size||105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)|
|Broke ground||25 July 1960|
|Opened||1 May 1964|
|Renovated||1985, 2002, 2008|
Politehnica Timișoara (1964–2012) |
Poli Timişoara (2012–)
Timișoara Saracens (2014–)
SS Politehnica Timișoara(2016–)
Dan Păltinișanu Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Timișoara, Romania. It is currently used mostly for football matches by the local team, Poli Timișoara. The stadium is named after Politehnica Timișoara's legend Dan Păltinișanu who played 271 matches in 10 years for the club and scored very important goals, including the qualification goal in UEFA Cup against Celtic and Atlético Madrid. He is considered the best Centre back who ever played for Poli. He died on 4 March 1995 at the age of only 43. The stadium has a capacity of 32,972 seats.
The original capacity was 40,000 on benches, but in 2005 when the plastic seats were installed, the capacity dropped to 32,972. The floodlighting system, with a density of 1400 Lux, has been inaugurated in 2004 in a match against Petrolul Ploieşti. Today, following two general renovations in 2002 and 2008 in order to host UEFA Champions League games, Dan Păltinișanu is one of the most modern stadium in Romania offering some state-of-the-art facilities such as: a four-star establishment with all the facilities required for the team, internet for the press-room, 30 cameras for video surveillance, electrically heated pitch, an automated irrigation system, and a modern scoreboard which was the first ever in Romania. The Romanian national football team is also a tenant. The first game played by the national team at Dan Păltinișanu was in March 1983 against Yugoslavia when the stadium's name was 1 Mai. Since then other 6 games were played, the last one in March 2010 against Israel. Recently it was proposed to local authorities to build a new stadium with a capacity of around 50,000.
On 17 April 2014 Romanian rugby union champions RCM Timisoara played their first official game on this ground, defeating Farul Constanta by 35 - 13.
Romanian national football team
The following national team matches were held in the stadium.
|1.||30 March 1983||0–2||Yugoslavia||Friendly match|
|2.||28 August 1985||2–0||Finland||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||23 April 1986||2–1||Soviet Union||Friendly match|
|4.||20 November 2002||0–1||Croatia||Friendly match|
|5.||6 June 2007||2–0||Slovenia||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|6.||3 March 2010||0–3||Israel||Friendly match|