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Khalifa International Stadium
LocationAl-Waab Street, Baaya, 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. The stadium is also the first completed venue that will host a part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[4] 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.[5]

History

The stadium opened in 1976.[6] In 1992, the stadium hosted the games of the 11th Gulf Cup with its 15 games. Qatar finally came first and won the first golf cup.[7][8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

After another redevelopment, the stadium reopened in May 2017.

The stadium was the site of the 2019 World Athletics Championships in September and October of that year.

On 17 December 2019, the stadium is scheduled as the venue of 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.[11][12] 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.[13]

Sport events

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

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. ^ https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/destination/stadiums/stadium/5000247/
  3. ^ "Alternative Name". Emporis.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Saraiva, Alexia (2 August 2018). "Get To Know The 8 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums". ArchDaily.
  5. ^ FIFA.com (28 November 2017). "Khalifa International Stadium receives major sustainability award". FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  6. ^ "В Катаре началась продажа билетов на Чемпионат мира по легкой атлетике 2019 года". fingazeta.ru. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Gulf Cup 1992 (in Doha, Qatar)". rsssf.com. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  8. ^ "When Qatar left a mark at Arabian Gulf Cup". gulf-times.com. 24 November 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Khalifa International Stadium". worldstadia.com. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Education City Stadium to host FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™ final". FIFA. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums: A guide". timeoutdoha.com. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
Events and tenants
Preceded by
Busan Asiad Main Stadium
Busan
Asian Games
Opening and closing ceremonies

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

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

1962
Succeeded by
National Stadium
Bangkok
Preceded by
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Jakarta
AFC Asian Cup
Final venue

2011
Succeeded by
Stadium Australia
Sydney
Preceded by
London Stadium
London
World Athletics Championships
2019
Succeeded by
Hayward Field
Eugene
Preceded by
Paloma Mizuho Stadium
Nagoya
Asian Games
Opening and closing ceremonies

2030
Succeeded by
King Fahd International Stadium
Riyadh
Preceded by
Paloma Mizuho Stadium
Nagoya
Asian Games
Athletics tournament
Main venue

2030
Succeeded by
King Fahd International Stadium
Riyadh