Zayed Sports City Stadium

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Zayed Sports City Stadium
ZSC Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium
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Zayed Sports City Stadium
Full name Zayed Sports City Stadium
Location Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Coordinates 24°24′57.92″N 54°27′12.93″E / 24.4160889°N 54.4535917°E / 24.4160889; 54.4535917Coordinates: 24°24′57.92″N 54°27′12.93″E / 24.4160889°N 54.4535917°E / 24.4160889; 54.4535917
Owner Mubadala Development Company
Operator Abu Dhabi Entertainment Company
Executive suites 106
Capacity 43,620
60,000 (1980–2009)
63,578 (2019 AFC Asian Cup)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 7 March 1979
Opened 5 January 1980
Renovated 2009
Construction cost AED 550 million
Architect Henri Colboc, Pierre Dalidet, George Philippe
Tenants
UAE national football team (1980–present)
1996 AFC Asian Cup
2003 FIFA World Youth Championship
2007 Gulf Cup of Nations
2009 FIFA Club World Cup
2010 FIFA Club World Cup
2019 AFC Asian Cup
UAE President's Cup Finals
Website
www.zsc.ae

Zayed Sports City Stadium (Arabic: ستاد مدينة زايد الرياضية‎), also known as ZSC Stadium or Sheikh Zayed Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[1] The venue is the home stadium of United Arab Emirates national football team and is the second biggest stadium in the country after Dubai's The Sevens Stadium.

It is currently used mostly for football matches but can also stage cricket athletics, large events, rugby and other grass sports. It is named after the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first president of the UAE.

The stadium hosted 1996 AFC Asian Cup matches including final game, where United Arab Emirates lost the match to Saudi Arabia in penalty shout-outs. The stadium also hosted 2007 Gulf Cup of Nations final, this time between United Arab Emirates and Oman which UAE won 1–0. The final match of 2009 and 2010 FIFA Club World Cup were also held at the stadium. The stadium will be hosted the some matches of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup including final along five other stadiums.

Location and design[edit]

Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Zayed Sports City Stadium has cemented its place in the country's history by being featured on the AED 200 banknote.[2]

History[edit]

Model of a sports stadium in Abu Dhabi designed by Jörn-Peter Schmidt-Thomsen and Conrad Roland in the 1960s, which has never been realized.

The construction of the stadium was started in 1979 and was completed after less than one year. It was originally was designed to hold 60,000 people. In 2009, Populous renovated the stadium to become FIFA compliant and reduced the capacity to 43,000 people. It has hosted many international and regional events such as the FIFA Club World Cups in 2009 and 2010 and the Gulf Cup of Nations tournament in 1982, 1994 and in 2007. It was also a venue for the AFC Asian Cup final in 1996 between the host UAE, and Saudi Arabia when the latter won the championship from the penalty spot. A major event held in this stadium was the opening and final match of the FIFA World Youth Championship in 2003. Every year, the UAE President's Cup final is played here.

The stadium was also the venue for the game between Manchester City and the UAE national team on 12 November 2009. The final score was 1–0 to the UAE. The stadium hosted the 2009 and 2010 FIFA Club World Cups with Al Jazira Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium. It hosted 5 of the 8 matches of the tournament including the finals.

Matches[edit]

1996 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

The stadium was one of the venues for the 1996 AFC Asian Cup. The stadium hosted the opening match, Group A matches, two quarter-finals matches, semi-final matches, third place play-off match and also final.

The following games were played at the stadium during the AFC Asian Cup of 1996:

Date Time (UTC+4) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Spectators
4 December 1996 16:45 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 1–1 South Korea South Korea Group A (opening match) 35,000
4 December 1996 18:45 Indonesia Indonesia 2–2 Kuwait Kuwait Group A 15,000
7 December 1996 16:45 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 3–2 Kuwait Kuwait Group A 15,000
7 December 1996 19:00 South Korea South Korea 4–2 Indonesia Indonesia Group A 2,000
10 December 1996 16:45 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 2–0 Indonesia Indonesia Group A 10,000
10 December 1996 19:00 Kuwait Kuwait 2–0 South Korea South Korea Group A 3,000
15 December 1996 16:45 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 1–0 (a.e.t) Iraq Iraq Quarter-finals 50,000
16 December 1996 19:30 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 4–3 China China PR Quarter-finals 5,000
19 December 1996 16:45 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 1–0 Kuwait Kuwait Semi-finals 55,000
19 December 1996 19:30 Iran Iran 0–0 (3–4 pen.) Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Semi-finals 35,000
21 December 1996 16:45 Iran Iran 1–1 (3–2 pen.) Kuwait Kuwait Third place play-off 60,000
21 December 1996 19:35 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 0–0 (2–4 pen.) Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Final 60,000

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Hiroshima Big Arch
Hiroshima
AFC Asian Cup
Final Venue

1996
Succeeded by
Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium
Beirut
Preceded by
Khalifa International Stadium
Doha
Gulf Cup of Nations
Final Venue

2007
Succeeded by
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
Muscat
Preceded by
International Stadium Yokohama
Yokohama
FIFA Club World Cup
Final Venue

2009, 2010
Succeeded by
International Stadium Yokohama
Yokohama
Preceded by
Stadium Australia
Sydney
AFC Asian Cup
Final Venue

2019
Succeeded by
TBD