Bangabandhu National Stadium

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Bangabandhu National Stadium
Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh.jpg
BBNS aerial view
Coordinates23°43′40.2″N 90°24′48.4″E / 23.727833°N 90.413444°E / 23.727833; 90.413444Coordinates: 23°43′40.2″N 90°24′48.4″E / 23.727833°N 90.413444°E / 23.727833; 90.413444
OwnerNational Sports Council
Field size105 × 68 metres
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster
Bangladesh national football team
Abahani Limited Dhaka
Mohammedan Sporting Club Brothers Union Limited
Ground information
OwnerNational Sports Council
OperatorNational Sports Council
TenantsPakistan national cricket team(before independence)
Bangladesh national cricket team Bangladesh Football Federation
Last used1 March 2005
End names
Pavilion End
Paltan End
International information
First Test1–4 January 1955:
 Pakistan v  India
Last Test14–18 January 2005:
 Bangladesh v  Zimbabwe
First ODI27 October 1988:
 Pakistan v  Sri Lanka
Last ODI31 January 2005:
 Bangladesh v  Zimbabwe
As of 22 March 2017
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Bangabandhu National Stadium (Bengali: বঙ্গবন্ধু জাতীয় স্টেডিয়াম), also known as Dhaka Stadium, and formerly known as Dacca Stadium, is the national stadium and a multipurpose sports arena in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is located in the Motijheel area in the heart of the city. The stadium has been renovated several times, most recently for the opening ceremony of the 2011 Cricket World Cup. It had a capacity close to 55,000 before the most recent renovation, but with a new capacity of 36,000 it is still the largest stadium in Bangladesh.

Its current name was given to honour Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation, also known as "Bangabandhu" or "Friend of Bengal".

The Bangabandhu National Stadium is one of the main football venues in Dhaka, together with the 25,000 capacity Bir Shreshtha Mustafa Kamal Stadium.


The Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka is the only venue in the world to have hosted an inaugural home fixture for two Test nations: Pakistan and Bangladesh.[citation needed] India were the visitors on both occasions: in 1954–55, when Dacca was the capital of East Pakistan, and in 1976–77, when the first unofficial Test match was held between Bangladesh against the touring MCC from England. And the following year the Sri Lankan national team visited Bangladesh to play a few one-day, two-day and three-day unofficial matches against BCCB XI and Bangladesh National team. After that teams like Deccan Blues from India and MCC toured Bangladesh several times to play against BCCB XI and Bangladesh national team respectively. Bangladesh national team then went to play in the ICC tournament for the first time during 1979 in England. They participated in the same tournament in 1982, 1986, and 1990 till they finally became the champion in the ICC tournament during 1997. After that, Bangladesh became the tenth nation to attain Test status. With a purpose-built cricket stadium being constructed on the outskirts of the city, the ground was taken out of commission at the end of the 2004–05 season, and handed over for the sole use of the Bangladesh national football team.

The stadium has a history of hosting number of historic sports event starting from cricket, football, hockey to boxing. In February 1978, boxer Muhammad Ali fought an exhibition boxing match at the stadium, the then Dacca Stadium,[1] with a 12-year-old Bengali boy.[citation needed]

On 6 September 2011, Bangabandhu National Stadium hosted an international friendly football match between the full-strength Argentina and Nigeria teams, featuring Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Javier Mascherano and John Obi Mikel among the other star players of both nations. Argentina won 3–1 with goals from then-Real Madrid teammates Gonzalo Higuaín and Ángel Di María, and an own goal from Nigeria's Elderson Echiéjilé with Chinedu Obasi scoring Nigeria's lone goal. Bangladeshi referee Tayeb Shamsuzzaman officiated the game, which drew 25,000 spectators despite ticket prices starting at US$100.[2][3][4]

The Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka is the only venue in the world to have hosted an inaugural home fixture for two Test nations. India were the visitors on both occasions: in 1954–55, when Dacca was the capital of East Pakistan, and 46 years later, when Bangladesh became the tenth nation to attain Test status.[5]

Current use[edit]

Currently, the stadium is used for football and athletics. The total seating capacity is about 36,000. It was also home to the Bangladeshi cricket team until 1 March 2005.

The stadium is located next to National Hockey Stadium. The stadium was used for competitions of the 2010 South Asian Games, including football and athletics.

International soccer matches[edit]

2018 SAFF Suzuki Cup[edit]

Date Competition Team Res Team
12 Sep 2018 Semi-finals  India 3-1  Pakistan
12 Sep 2018 Semi-finals    Nepal 0-3  Maldives
9 Sep 2018 Group B  India 2-0  Maldives
8 Sep 2018 Group A  Bangladesh 0-2    Nepal
8 Sep 2018 Group A  Pakistan 3-0  Bhutan
7 Sep 2018 Group B  Maldives 0-0  Sri Lanka
6 Sep 2018 Group A  Bangladesh 1-0  Pakistan
6 Sep 2018 Group A    Nepal 4-0  Bhutan
5 Sep 2018 Group B  India 2-0  Sri Lanka
4 Sep 2018 Group A  Bangladesh 2-0  Bhutan
4 Sep 2018 Group A    Nepal 1-2  Pakistan

Cricket stats and records[edit]

The venue hosted its last international cricket match on 1 March 2005. After 2005, hosting of International Cricket status was shifted to Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, which was situated in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Till 2005 the venue has hosted

Renovation : 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, Opening Ceremony[edit]

Bangabandhu National Stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the 2011 Cricket World Cup co-hosted by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India on 17 February 2011. The stadium was exclusively modernised and renovated into a world class stadium to host the opening ceremony. The capacity of the stadium had been increased to 36,000, a large LED screen had been installed, a modern roof had also been attached over the press box. The entrances and VIP box have also been upgraded to host the grand gala inaugural ceremony. The press box, along with a refreshment stand and the VIP box have been revamped. The stadium now has state of the art facilities suitable for international sporting events.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ali will have new battle plan". The Eagle. Bryan-College Station, TX. Associated Press. 17 February 1978. p. 15. Retrieved 27 November 2015 – via open access
  3. ^ Argentina beat Nigeria 3–1 to avenge June's defeat BBC
  4. ^ Messi inspires Argentina to win over Nigeria Archived 18 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine NDTV

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