Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium

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Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Shiekh Jaber Stadium
Kuwait International Stadium

Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium-2.JPG

Coordinates: 29°16′17.14″N 47°55′07″E / 29.2714278°N 47.91861°E / 29.2714278; 47.91861
Location Kuwait City, Kuwait
Owner Kuwait national football team, Kuwait Football Association
Operator Kuwait national football team
Capacity 60,001
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 2 June 2006
Built 2006–2010 (4 years)
Opened 10 September 2010
Renovated 2015
Construction cost 120 million Kuwaiti dinar (US$394.6 million)
Tenants
Kuwait national football team 2010–2011, 2015–
2010 AFC Cup Final
Kuwait Champions Challenge: 2015
Kuwait Crown Prince Cup Finals: 2015–16
Kuwait Emir Cup Finals: 2015–16

Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in the Ardhiyah area of Kuwait City, Kuwait. Completed in 2009, it is used mostly for football matches and athletics. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 seated spectators, the building is constructed in 4 levels, with 54 corporate boxes, 6000 car parkings. It was expected to open in second quarter of 2010, but the building failed structural-integrity testing and remains closed due an calculation mistake of structural engineer. Jaber Al-Ahmad will be the new home of the Kuwait national football team.[1] Stadium was named after late Amir of Kuwait Shaikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah. Kuwait celebrated their winning of Gulf Cup 20 in that stadium.

History[edit]

First match[edit]

The first ever match was in the stadium was the 2010 AFC Cup Final between Qadsia SC and Al-Ittihad SC the match ended with a total of 59,783 total attendance and the match ended 1–1 and finished 5–3 on penalties for the Syrian Team.

Renovations[edit]

In 2010 after the 2010 AFC Cup Final problems started to occur to the stadium which led to closing the stadium in 2011.

The Renovations started in 2014 and ended in 2015.

Re-opening[edit]

The Re-Opening was announced on 28 November 2015 for the 2015 Kuwait Champions Challenge where Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah came to the opening. The match was between Kuwait XI and World Stars XI, it ended in a 4–2 win for the Kuwaiti's. LET'S PLAY!, the opening show was performed right before the match. That multimedia show was produced by Laser System Europe and Groupe F. It was written and directed by Rodolph Nasillski[2]

FIFA banned Kuwait in October 2015 so Steven Gerrard,Xavi and Andrea Pirlo could not come cause they play in leagues that are in associations that are still on FIFA and not banned.[3]

2015–16[edit]

Crown Prince Cup[edit]

The Crown Prince Cup Final between Kuwait SC and Al-Salmiya SC was hosted there. KFA were given 150,000 KD to host the final. The final show was right before the match, and it included prizes for the visitors. The prizes were to be phones, cars, comupters. There were to be a firework show before and after the match.[4]

The match will be played on the Tuesday 12 January 2016 on the 5:45 PM GMT+3.[5] The referee was Ahmed Al-Ali.[6]

The match Ended A 1–0 win for Al-Salmiya SC over Kuwait SC in the final of 2015–16 Kuwait Crown Prince Cup and gave Al-Salmiya there 9th official Championship and the first ever team to win a championship on this stadium.

Emir's Cup[edit]

KFA decided to just host the final of the Kuwait Emir Cup.[7] It will be Al-Arabi SC against Kuwait SC The match was played on April 5, 2016 6:30 GMT+3, and ended 3-1 Kuwait SC.[8] Kuwait SC won their 11th Emir Cup.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.worldstadiums.com
  2. ^ www.rodolphnasillski.com
  3. ^ http://bigstory.ap.org/article/535c61bfe62b473b9c24f7d6bd923909/fifa-stops-gerrard-pirlo-playing-game-banned-kuwait
  4. ^ http://www.kooora.com/?n=459179&o=nckw
  5. ^ http://www.kooora.com/?n=459313&o=nckw
  6. ^ http://www.kooora.com/?n=459345&o=nckw
  7. ^ http://www.kooora.com/?n=460205&o=nckw
  8. ^ http://www.kooora.com/?m=1220592
  9. ^ http://www.youm7.com/story/2016/4/5/بالفيديو-فريق-الكويت-بطلا-لكأس-الأمير-للمرة-الـ11-فى-تاريخه/2662464#.VwQNpIjXerU


Preceded by
King Abdullah Stadium
Jordan Amman
West Asian Football Federation Championship
Final Venue

2012
Succeeded by
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Qatar Doha