Zayed Sports City Stadium

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Zayed Sports City Stadium
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Zayed Sports City Stadium
Location Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Surface Grass
Architect Henri Colboc, Pierre Dalidet, George Philippe (architects)
Capacity 43,000[1]
Tenants
UAE national football team

Zayed Sports City Stadium (or ZSC Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[1] 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.

History[edit]

The construction of the stadium was completed in 1979 and it originally was designed to hold 60,000 people. However, after renovations by architects Populous to make the stadium comply with FIFA safety standards, its capacity was reduced to 43,000 people. It has hosted many international and regional events such as the FIFA Club World Cup in 2009 and 2010 and the GCC football tournament in 1982, 1994, and in 2007. It was also a venue for the Asian Federation 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 Youth World Cup in 2003. Every year, the UAE cup final is played here.

This was also the venue for the game between Manchester City Football Club and the UAE National Team on November 12, 2009. The final score was 1–0 to the UAE National Team.

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.

Recent and historical significant matches[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 24°24′57.92″N 54°27′12.93″E / 24.4160889°N 54.4535917°E / 24.4160889; 54.4535917

Preceded by
Hiroshima Big Arch
Japan Hiroshima
AFC Asian Cup
Final Venue

1996
Succeeded by
Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium
Lebanon Beirut
Preceded by
Yokohama Stadium
Yokohama
FIFA Club World Cup
Final Venue

2009, 2010
Succeeded by
Yokohama Stadium
Yokohama