Ghazi Stadium

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Ghazi Stadium
National football stadium of Afghanistan
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Scene at the stadium after a special ribbon cutting event in December 2011
Full name Ghazi Stadium
Location Kabul, Afghanistan
Owner Afghanistan National Olympic Committee
Capacity 30,000 [1]
Surface Artificial turf
Construction
Built 1923
Opened 1923
Renovated 2011
Tenants
Afghanistan national football team
Maiwand Kabul FC
Kabul Bank F.C.
Seramiasht F.C.
Javan Azadi Kabul F.C.
Hakim Sanayi Kabul F.C.

Ghazi Stadium (Pashto: غازی لوبغالی) (Persian: ورزشگاه غازى‎) is a multi-purpose stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan, mainly used to play football.[2] It is sometimes called by other names such as the Afghan Football Federation Stadium. It was built during the reign of King Amanullah Khan in 1923, who is regarded as Ghazi (Hero) for the Afghan victory in the Third Anglo-Afghan War and gaining independence for his nation after the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919. The stadium has the capacity to house 25,000 people.

The Ghazi Stadium was renovated in 2011 after the entire ground was removed and replaced with new soil and artificial turf placed on top. The stadium now holds bigger sporting events. The proposed construction of a new national stadium to be completed for the 2013/2014 season will cost 25 million euros.[3]

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The first international match played inside Ghazi Stadium was a football (soccer) match between Afghanistan and Iran on January 1, 1941, the game was a draw with neither team scoring. In 1963, American musician Duke Ellington held a concert here as part of his tour sponsored by US State Department.[4]

During the late 1990s the stadium was used as a venue for public executions by the Taliban government.

The stadium is currently used mostly for football matches between teams from different provinces of the country as well as neighboring countries.

The stadium has also housed training facilities for the country's national women's boxing team, as documented in the film The Boxing Girls of Kabul.[5]

Coordinates: 34°31′06.71″N 69°11′37.36″E / 34.5185306°N 69.1937111°E / 34.5185306; 69.1937111

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On December 15, 2011, the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee celebrated the re-opening of the newly renovated Ghazi Stadium in Kabul. Hosted by the Afghan Olympic Committee, the event was attended by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Afghan Olympic President Lieutenant General Mohammad Zaher Aghbar, and Commander of International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan General John R. Allen.[6]

The event, which also included nearly 5,000 spectators, featured a parade of athletes on the track, opening remarks, a ribbon cutting, and two abbreviated football matches involving both mens' and womens' football teams.

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