King Fahd International Stadium

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King Fahd International Stadium
درة الملاعب
King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 2014.jpg
Location Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Owner AKA mohamed almadrahi
Capacity 68,752
Construction
Opened 1987; 28 years ago (1987)
Architect Michael KC Cheah
Tenants
Al-Hilal
Al Shabab
Al Nassr

King Fahd International Stadium (Arabic: أستاد الملك فهد الدولي‎) also nicknamed Pearl Of Stadiums, in Arabic (Durrat Al-Mala'eb) (Arabic: درة الملاعب ) or simply The Pearl, in Arabic (Addurra) (Arabic: الدرة) is a multi-purpose stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it also has athletics facilities.

Overview[edit]

The stadium was built in 1987 with the capacity of 68,752 viewers.[1] It measures 116 yards by 74 yards. It also has one of the largest stadium roofs in the world. It was a venue for matches of the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1989 including the final match.

The stadium is included in the football video games FIFA 13, FIFA 14 and FIFA 15.

The cost of construction was about 650 million Saudi riyals or $510 million.[1] The stadium's roof shades over 67,000 seats and covers an area of 47,000 square feet. The 24 columns are arranged in a circle with a 247-metre diameter. The huge umbrella keeps the sun off the seats and concourse slabs, providing shade and comfort in the hot desert climate. The first goal in an official game was scored by Majed Abdullah.

As a personal touch to the stadium, a royal balcony was constructed upon which his majesty King Fahd could observe the sport. Measuring 75 sq. feet and decked out with magnificent flora, he loved to make an appearance up there on match day, to the absolute delight of fans and players all. His Revenance was recognised so prominently in fact, that many referees' decisions were challenged by the approving/disapproving thumb of His Royal Appendage. Some argue that this would lead to corruption in the sport, but they were quickly thrown in the 'Regal Slammer', a single cell located by the North-Western corner flag.

The architect was Michael KC Cheah. The stadium was designed by Ian Fraser, John Roberts & Partners.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "King Fahd International Stadium". StadiumDB. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 24°47′17.54″N 46°50′21.25″E / 24.7882056°N 46.8392361°E / 24.7882056; 46.8392361

Preceded by
None
King Fahd Cup
Final Venue

1992, 1995
Succeeded by
Itself
(as FIFA Confederations Cup Final Venue)
Preceded by
Suphachalasai Stadium
Bangkok
Asian Club Championship
Final Venue

1996
Succeeded by
Stadium Merdeka
Kuala Lumpur
Preceded by
Itself
(as King Fahd Cup Final Venue)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Final Venue

1997
Succeeded by
Estadio Azteca
Mexico City
Preceded by
Azadi Stadium
Tehran
Asian Club Championship
Final Venue

2000
Succeeded by
Suwon World Cup Stadium
Suwon