|Full name||Al-Shaab Stadium|
|Owner||Government of Iraq|
|Iraq national football team|
Al-Shaab Stadium (Arabic: ملعب الشعب) also known as The People's Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Baghdad, Iraq. The stadium was a gift to the Iraqi government from the Gulbenkian Foundation, is used mostly for football (soccer) matches, is the home of the Iraq national football team and has seating for 40,000 people. It was built in 1966.
The Iraqi national team did not play any international fixtures in the stadium for more than two decades due to security reasons (1980s Iraq- Iran war, 1990 till mid-1990’s embargo and other sanctions on Iraq, 2003 till date etc. 2008 USA invasion); During the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq the stadium was turned into an army base for the United States Army. The stadium was re-qualified in 2007 and national football fixtures resumed.
For the 2007 – 2008 season the League final was between Zawra’a and Arbeel, the match had a capacity crowd and ended up with Arbeel winning the title. It hosts the big Baghdad derbies involving Al Shorta, Al Talaba, Al Zawraa, Al Naft and Al Quwa Al Jawiya and it was home to the final of the 2013 Brotherhood, Love and Peace Cup in which Al Shorta defeated Al Zawraa 1-0.
The Iraqi national team returned to the stadium and played its first international match since 2002 on July 13, 2009, when it defeated the Palestine national football team, 4-0, in an international friendly.
The Stadium has experienced multiple accidents one of which was the collapse of an exterior wall while fans were trying to climb it to enter a game between two local teams (one of them was Al Zawra’a). Some of the fans died in that incident.
Al-Zawraa, one of the most successful football clubs in Iraq, use the stadium for some of their home matches. The stadium is also the final resting place of Ammo Baba, who requested that he be buried there.