Tofiq Bahramov Stadium

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Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
Full name Tofiq Bəhramov adına Respublika Stadionu
Former names Joseph Stalin Stadium (1951–1956)
Vladimir Lenin Stadium (1956-1993)
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Coordinates 40°23′50.42″N 49°51′8.76″E / 40.3973389°N 49.8524333°E / 40.3973389; 49.8524333 (Tofiq Bahramov Stadium)
Owner AFFA
Capacity 31,200[1]
Field size 104x66
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Built 1939–1951
Opened 16 September 1951
Renovated 2011–2012
Expanded 2011–2012
Tenants
Qarabağ
Azerbaijan national football team

The Tofiq Bahramov Stadium (Azerbaijani: Tofiq Bəhramov adına Respublika Stadionu) is a multi-purpose stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. It is currently used mostly for football matches. It serves as the home ground for the Azerbaijan national football team and holds 31,200 seats making it the largest stadium in the country.[2] The stadium is also used by the Azerbaijan Premier League clubs in the final rounds of European competitions.

History[edit]

The Tofiq Bahramov Stadium was built in 1951. Its construction started before the World War II in 1939, but was suspended. When its construction resumed, it was finished by the German prisoners of war. Initially the stadium was named after Joseph Stalin and built in form of C (Cyrillic: Cтaлин). After the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1956 (denunciation of Stalin) it was renamed after Vladimir Lenin. In 1993, the stadium was named after the famous football referee Tofiq Bahramov who died in the same year.

In 2011, Presidential Reserve Fund of the State Budget of Azerbaijan for 2011 allocated $10 million for capital repairs and reconstruction of the stadium as it could be used as potential venue for Eurovision Song Contest 2012.[3][4] The stadium was renovated and reopened on 16 August 2012.[5]

The stadium was one of the venues for the group stages of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. One Group A match, a semi-final and the final were played there.[6]

Events[edit]

Aside from sporting uses, several concerts have been played at Tofiq Bahramov, with such big names as Shakira, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Tarkan playing.[7][8][9][10]

The stadium is expected to host archery at 2015 European Games.[11]

Concerts[edit]

Concerts at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
Date Artist Tour Attendance
30 June 2006 Tarkan Solo Concert 55,000[12]
13 October 2012 Shakira 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 40,000[13]
23 September 2007 Elton John The Captain and the Kid Tour 32,000[14]
22 September 2012 Jennifer Lopez 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 30,000[15]
10 June 2007 Aygun Kazimova Solo Concert 29,000[16]
19 April 2013 Konul Khasiyeva Solo Concert 15,000[17]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dövlət başçısı Tofiq Bəhramov adına stadionunun açılışında iştirak edib (fotoreportaj), retrieved 16 August 2012
  2. ^ Stadium for 60,000 seats to be built in Baku
  3. ^ "AZN 10 million financed for overhaul of potential venue of Eurovision 2012". Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Azerbaijan: Buildings Commissioned & Upgraded in Baku". Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  5. ^ İlham Əliyev Tofiq Bəhramov adına Respublika Stadionunun əsaslı təmir və yenidənqurmadan sonra açılışında iştirak etmişdir
  6. ^ "France end Asian domination". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rihanna and Shakira to perform in Baku". ann.az. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Shakira: “I expect grandiose shows on October 13-14 in Baku”". en.apa.az. APA News Agency. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "ELTON JOHN GIVES CONCERT AT TOFIG BAHRAMOV STADIUM IN BAKU. PRESIDENT OF AZERBAIJAN ILHAM ALIYEV AND HIS SPOUSE MEHRIBAN ALIYEVA ATTEND THE CONCERT". www.mehriban-aliyeva.org. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Warrick, Joby (15 October 2012). "Tiny Azerbaijan unleashes pop-power against Iran’s mullahs". washingtonpost.com (Washington Post). Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tofiq Bahramov the story behind the Stadium". www.insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tarkan Concert Statistics". www.tarkancoll.com. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Shakira Rocks Baku at FIFA U-17 Women’s WC". www.argophilia.com. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "ELTON JOHN GIVES CONCERT AT TOFIG BAHRAMOV STADIUM IN BAKU. PRESIDENT OF AZERBAIJAN ILHAM ALIYEV AND HIS SPOUSE MEHRIBAN ALIYEVA ATTEND THE CONCERT". www.mehriban-aliyeva.org. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "J-Lo and the circus in pictures". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Aygün Kazımova tamaşaçıya maşın bağışlayacaq". az.trend.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Könül Xasıyevanın konsertində “Mercedes” fırıldağı". musavat.com (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 13 August 2014.