Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa International Stadium.jpg
Full nameKhalifa International Stadium
LocationDoha, Qatar
Coordinates25°15′49″N 51°26′53″E / 25.26361°N 51.44806°E / 25.26361; 51.44806Coordinates: 25°15′49″N 51°26′53″E / 25.26361°N 51.44806°E / 25.26361; 51.44806
OwnerQatar Football Association
Capacity45,416[2]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1976
Renovated2005, 2014–2017
ArchitectDar Al-Handasah [1]
Main contractorsMidmac Contracting Co. W.L.L., PORR, Six Construct JV, Projacs (Project Analysis and Control Systems International Co.)
Tenants
Qatar national football team (1976–present)
Opening fireworks at the 2006 Asian Games set off inside the stadium
Opening fireworks at the 2006 Asian Games set off inside the stadium

Khalifa International Stadium (Arabic: ملعب خليفة الدولي, romanizedIstād Khalīfah), also known as National Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar, as part of the Doha Sports City complex, which also includes Aspire Academy, Hamad Aquatic Centre, and the Aspire Tower.[3] It is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's former Emir. The final of 2011 AFC Asian Cup was held at this stadium. In 2017, it received a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the first in the world to be awarded this rating.[4] The stadium employs about 30,000 workers.

History

The stadium opened in 1976.[5][6][7] In 1992, the stadium hosted all 15 games of the 11th Gulf Cup, which Qatar won for the first time.[8][9] It was renovated and expanded in 2005, before the 2006 Asian Games, to increase its capacity from originally 20,000 to 40,000 seats. A roof covers the western side of the stadium. The eastern side has a large arch, which was used as a platform to launch fireworks from during the 2006 Asian Games opening ceremony.[10]

Before the 2005 renovation, the stadium was used mostly for association football (soccer) matches, but it is equipped for many other sports. Since 1997, the stadium has hosted the annual Doha Diamond League (previously known by other names) track and field competition. It is the Qatar national football team's home stadium. The stadium hosted 6 games of the 2011 Pan Arab Games: all matches of the Qatar national team in the group stage, as well as the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals of the tournament.[11]

After another redevelopment, the stadium reopened in May 2017.[12] The stadium was the site of the 2019 World Athletics Championships in September and October of that year.[13]

On 17 December 2019, the stadium was scheduled as the venue for two 2019 FIFA Club World Cup matches: the fifth-place match and the semi-final between the CONMEBOL Libertadores champions and the winner of Match 3.[14][15] Following the decision to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022, it was planned to increase the capacity of the stadium to 68,000, but that plan has later been revised.[16]

Construction FIFA World Cup Qatar

The Khalifa International Stadium is one of eight stadiums being converted for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar,[17] and is the first stadium to be completed.[18][19]

Sport events

Recent tournament results

2011 AFC Asian Cup

Date Time(QST) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round
7 January 2011 19:15  Qatar 0–2  Uzbekistan Group A
12 January 2011 19:15  China PR 0–2  Qatar
16 January 2011 19:15  Qatar 3–0  Kuwait
21 January 2011 19:25  Uzbekistan 2–1  Jordan Quarter-final
25 January 2011 19:25  Uzbekistan 0–6  Australia Semi-final
29 January 2011 18:00  Australia 0–1  Japan Final

2022 FIFA World Cup

Khalifa International Stadium will host eight matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Date Time Team No. 1 Result Team No. 2 Round Attendance
21 November 2022 16:00  England  Iran Group B
23 November 2022 16:00  Germany  Japan Group E
25 November 2022 19:00  Netherlands  Ecuador Group A
27 November 2022 19:00  Croatia  Canada Group F
29 November 2022 18:00  Ecuador  Senegal Group A
1 December 2022 22:00  Japan  Spain Group E
3 December 2022 18:00 Winners Group A Runners-up Group B Round of 16
17 December 2022 18:00 Losers Match 61 Losers Match 62 Third place play-off

International matches hosted

Friendly

Date Time(QST) Team #1 Res. Team #2
2009-11-14 19:15  Brazil 1–0  England
2010-11-17 19:15  Brazil 0–1  Argentina
2010-11-18 18:00  Qatar 0–1  Haiti
2010-12-16 18:00  Qatar 2–1  Egypt
2010-12-22 16:00  Qatar 2–0  Estonia
2010-12-28 19:15  Qatar 0–0  Iran
2013-02-06 21:00  Spain 3–1  Uruguay
2018-09-07 19:00  Qatar 1–0  China PR
2018-09-11 19:00  Qatar 3–0  Palestine
2018-12-31 20:00  Qatar 1–2  Iran

References

  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ FIFA.com
  3. ^ "Alternative Name". Emporis.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ FIFA.com (28 November 2017). "Khalifa International Stadium receives major sustainability award". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 28 November 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  5. ^ "В Катаре началась продажа билетов на Чемпионат мира по легкой атлетике 2019 года". fingazeta.ru. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Everything you need to know about Qatar's new Khalifa International Stadium". iloveqatar.net. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  7. ^ "The Al-Khalifa International – an icon among Qatar's 2022 World Cup venues". en.as.com. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Gulf Cup 1992 (in Doha, Qatar)". rsssf.com. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  9. ^ "When Qatar left a mark at Arabian Gulf Cup". gulf-times.com. 24 November 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Khalifa International Stadium". worldstadia.com. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Revamped 2022 Khalifa Stadium now set to host fans". constructionweekonline.com. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Qatar's iconic sports venue - The Khalifa International Stadium". thepeninsulaqatar.com. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  14. ^ "Education City Stadium to host FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™ final". FIFA. Archived from the original on 30 September 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Tracks worlds stadium in Qatar to host Club World Cup games". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 4 October 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  16. ^ "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums: A guide". timeoutdoha.com. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Qatar 2022: Football World Cup stadiums at a glance". aljazeera.com. 18 December 2020. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Khalifa International Stadium reinforces Qatar's national vision". en.as.com. 20 January 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  19. ^ "Get To Know The 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums". archdaily.com. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
Events and tenants
Preceded by Asian Games
Opening and closing ceremonies

2006
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Busan Asiad Main Stadium
Busan
Asian Games
Athletics tournament
Main venue

2006
Succeeded by
Preceded by
National Stadium
Tokyo
Asian Games
Men's football tournament
Final venue

1962
Succeeded by
National Stadium
Bangkok
Preceded by AFC Asian Cup
Final venue

2011
Succeeded by
Preceded by World Athletics Championships
2019
Succeeded by
Preceded by Asian Games
Opening and closing ceremonies

2030
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Paloma Mizuho Stadium
Nagoya
Asian Games
Athletics tournament
Main venue

2030
Succeeded by
King Fahd International Stadium
Riyadh