Baku Olympic Stadium

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Baku Olympic Stadium
Baku National Stadium 2015-06.jpgUEFA Category 4 Stadium
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Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Owner Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan
Capacity 69.870
Surface Grass
Broke ground 6 June 2011
Opened 6 March 2015
Architect Heerim, ROSSETTI (Sports Architect)
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
General contractor Tekfen Construction, Turkey
Azerbaijan national football team
Qarabağ FK (european competitions matches)
Official Website

Baku Olympic Stadium is a 68,700-seat stadium,[1] designed and constructed to meet the international standards for stadiums set by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). This is the largest stadium in Azerbaijan.

Construction of the 225,000-square-meter Stadium on a 650,000-square-meter site was completed in February 2015. The six-story, 65.7 meter structure near Boyukshor Lake, Baku, Azerbaijan, opened on 6 March 2015.[2] The main tenant of the stadium is Azerbaijan's national football team, who moved from their previous home at the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium. In June 2015 the stadium served as the main venue for the European Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, and the athletic games. The venue is intended to host the quarterfinals and three of the group games for UEFA Euro 2020. A green area is being developed around the stadium, which is accessible via public transport.


The foundation ceremony[edit]

The foundation of the Baku Olympic Stadium was laid on June 6, 2011 in a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of Azerbaijani football.

The ceremony was attended by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, prominent members of the global football community, heads of various federations, football veterans and other guests. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev was informed about the future plans for the construction of the stadium. Speaking at the ceremony, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said:

"This is really beautiful, grand building, and more than 60 thousand football fans coming to the stadium will be able to enjoy football."

Ilham Aliyev placed a symbolic metal capsule inside a football. His son Heydar Aliyev, scoring a goal in a symbolic gate, dropped the ball into the foundation. The President, with Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, operated a switch starting the concrete pour, and signed a soccer ball, which was preserved in memory of the ceremony.


Despite the groundbreaking ceremony has taken place in 2011, the construction of the stadium started only in November 2012 with the excavation and backfilling of the stadium area.

The opening of the stadium took place on March 6, 2015, President Ilham Aliyev participated in the opening ceremony.

Location : Baku, Azerbaijan Client: State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Contractor : TEKFEN Construction and Installation Co., INC.

Scope : Turn Key Design and Build of Baku Olympic Stadium Project

Commencement : 27.02.2013

Completion : 28.02.2015

Total Layout Area : 617,000m²

Stadium Capacity : 68,000 ea Seating

Seats at the Warm-up Stadium : 1,800 Other Buildings : MEP Building, Info center and Two External Toilet Buildings

Baku was ready to host the first ever European Games in 2015, Olympic Stadium Project as the most important and prestigious project undertaken by Azerbaijan for the games. Main Stadium layout area is 87,000 m2, Total Confined Space 215,000 m2, Maximum Height from ground 60.08 m2, 6-Levels Building, Total Car Parking Area Capacity 3,078 cars and VVIP Suites with 126, VIP Suites with 500 spectator’s capacity. • Total 7,000,000 m³ soil movement completed • Piles: 2,469 pcs (Length: 35m, Diameter: 1.2m) • Total 360,000 m³ concrete poured • Reinforcement Steel: 55,000 tons • Formwork: 415,000² • Structural Steel: 21,000tons • Precast Concrete Elements: 8,186pcs • Cable: 2,000,000 m • Sanitary and Fire Piping: 120,000 m • Air Duct: 42,000 m² • Aerated Concrete Wall: 55,000 m² • Aluminum Joinery: 10,000 m² • Total 3300 trucks of materials had been transported • Total 60,000m² Façade and Roof Covering with ETFE • Total 400,000m3 Scaffolding

Improving the ecological status of the lake Boyukshor[edit]

On February 28, 2014, President Ilham Aliyev got acquainted with the work on integrated environmental restoration of Lake Boyukshor and surrounding areas.[citation needed]


Construction of the stadium in Baku

The project is being funded by the SOCAR. A Turkish company Tekfen Construction and Installation Co.,Inc, were given a Design&Build contract.[3][4]

Along with the stadium, there were built a number of hotels, parking venue (total 3,617 car places), and green space (81,574 square meters).[5]

Stadium contains VVIP, VIP - CIP Suites total 127 each with 720 spectator's capacity, total special area of interior 25,200 m2 and Total Car Parking Area Capacity 3,078 cars. 1,800 Seating Capacity Warm Up Area, MEP Building, Info Centre and Two External Buildings are other building of Projects. Design and Engineering Service, Procurement and Logistic Services, Over All Turn Key Coordination Services, HSE Management Service, QA/QC Management Service, Construction Supervision Services and Planning and Project Controls Service.


Baku Stadium

The stadium hosted athletics and ceremonies during 2015 European Games.

The Stadium hosted all of Qarabag's Champions League group stage matches in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League.

Notable matches[edit]

Qarabağ playing against Roma at Baku Olympic Stadium during the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League.
Date Result Competition Attendance
27 September 2017 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 1–2 Italy Roma UEFA Champions League group stage 67,200
22 November 2017 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 0–4 England Chelsea UEFA Champions League group stage 67,100
10 October 2015 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 1–3 Italy Italy UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying 48,000
18 October 2017 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 0–0 Spain Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League group stage 47,923
8 October 2016 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 1–0 Norway Norway 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 35,000

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Preceded by
Parc Olympique Lyonnais
UEFA Europa League
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Stadion Energa Gdańsk

Coordinates: 40°25′47″N 49°55′11″E / 40.429766°N 49.91979°E / 40.429766; 49.91979