It coincided with the 10th anniversary of the opening of the renovated Metalist stadium.
Alexander Yaroslavsky at the opening of Euro 2012 Museum
Today, on December 5, the day of his 60th birthday, Alexander Yaroslavsky, president and owner of DCH group, met with reporters and showed them the first stage of Euro 2012 museum in Kharkiv. An exhibition entitled “Kharkiv - 2012 - Forever” opened in the businessman's luxury hotel Kharkiv Palace Hotel 5*.
Let us recall. Alexander Yaroslavsky was the general investor and coordinator of the preparation of Kharkiv for Euro 2012 in 2007-2012. His investments in creating UEFA-criterion infrastructure for the tournament (stadium, airport, hotel, training camp, and volunteer centre) exceeded $300 million. Metalist was entirely rebuilt by Yaroslavsky under European requirements and opened precisely ten years ago, on the day of the 50th anniversary of the businessman.
A photobook published specially to accompany the museum's exposition contains a welcome speech by Alexander Yaroslavsky, saying: “Exactly ten years ago our beautiful dream began to come true - to win the right to host a prestigious international tournament for Kharkiv. On December 5, 2009, the first match at the new stadium took place, and our belief in success became tangible. It was a stressful and challenging period, but a compelling and fascinating challenge for all who put their hearts and souls into the future and fundamental renewal of Kharkiv. The infrastructure serves Kharkiv and is developing as a reliable basis for a breakthrough. I am sincerely grateful to everyone who believed in Kharkiv business opportunities and supported our ambitious undertaking.”
The exposition of the museum, created with the support of UEFA, contains the exclusive documentary photo and video materials. The showcase dedicated to the history of the tournament is currently exhibiting an exact copy of the Cup delivered from the headquarters of the European Football Union in Nyon, to get which the most powerful teams of the continent fight at European football championships. Besides, the cherry on the cake of the museum is interactive solutions based on augmented and virtual reality technologies that help visitors “revive” the layouts of crucial infrastructure facilities built by DCH in Kharkiv for Euro 2012. You can also take a photo with the heroes of the tournament using a unique photo panel in the hotel lobby.
Yaroslavsky announced his intention to invest about $1.5 million in the development of the museum. The “second stage” of the exhibition will soon open at Kharkiv International Airport.
As you know, Kharkiv was not initially among the main host cities of Euro 2012, as determined by UEFA. However, Yaroslavsky's efforts and investments provided the “first capital” with the right to host Euro 2012 matches.
DCH is one of the largest Ukrainian multidisciplinary corporations. Key areas of the Group's activities include finance, industry, mining, transport and engineering, development, construction materials, hotel business, etc. Ukrainian assets of DCH include Dnipro Metallurgical Plant (DMP), Sukhaia Balka mine, UGDK, insurance company INGO Ukraine, Kharkiv International Airport, Kharkiv Palace Hotel 5*, Vozdvizhenka RD in Kyiv, Karavan Megastore chain, Kharkiv Tractor Plant, Olymp rugby club, etc.