Ghadir Stadium

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Ghadir Stadium
The Red Arena
Full name Ghadir Stadium
Location Ahvaz, Iran
Coordinates 31°23′03″N 48°38′09″E / 31.38417°N 48.63583°E / 31.38417; 48.63583
Owner Foolad
Operator Foolad
Capacity 38,960 seated [1]
Field size 105 x 75 m
Surface Grass
Scoreboard 104m² Jumbotron
Broke ground 2 February 2006
Built 2006–2012
Opened 15 March 2012[2]
Architect Zohre Farshid
Foolad (2012–present)
Esteghlal Khuzestan (2013–present)

The Ghadir Stadium (Persian: ورزشگاه غدیر اهواز‎‎) is a new multi-use stadium in Ahvaz, Iran, has a capacity of 38,960 people [3] and is owned by Persian Gulf Pro League side Foolad.


In 1974, Zohreh Malileh Farshid, one of Iran's first and youngest female architects designed the Ahvaz Sports Complex.[4] Her wish was to have it ready for Ahvaz to host the 1984 Summer Olympics.

The building progress of the complex was ready to start in November 1978 but after the victory of Iranian Revolution in 1979 and start of the Iran–Iraq War in 1981, the building progress was cancelled. After the end of the war in 1989, Ahvaz's then mayor, Mohammad Hossein Adeli was announced that the building of the complex will be started in February 1992. The building of futsall and volleyball venues was started in 1992 and the venues was opened in 1998. Basketball and handball venues was also opened in 2002.

The progress of the building of football venue was started on 2 February 2006 after an official visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The stadium itself was completed in early 2012 after 6 years of construction. Although the stadium was planned with a capacity of 51,000 seats, the final capacity is only 38,900.[5]

Environmental compatibility[edit]

Opening match[edit]

The stadium was opened during a match between Iran national under-20 football team and Foolad reserves team on 15 March 2012 which Iran U-20 won the match 4-2. The stadium was set to host the final match of 2011–12 Hazfi Cup but it was transferred to the Hafezieh Stadium in Shiraz.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ظرفیت-ورزشگاه-50-هزار-نفری-اهواز-آب-رفت". 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Ghadir stadium capacity (persian)". Retrieved 2015-08-18. 
  4. ^ Pirnia, Mansoureh. Salar Zanan-e Iran. 1995. Maryland: Mehran Iran Publishing.
  5. ^ "ظرفیت-ورزشگاه-50-هزار-نفری-اهواز-آب-رفت". 
  6. ^ "2012 Hazfi cup final venue". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 

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Coordinates: 31°19′13″N 48°40′09″E / 31.32028°N 48.66917°E / 31.32028; 48.66917