Khalifa International Stadium

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Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Brazil vs Argentina (2010).jpg
Khalifa International Stadium
Location Al-Waab Street, Doha, Qatar
Coordinates 25°15'48.8"N 51°26'52.6"E
Owner Qatar Football Association
Capacity 48,000 (since expansion for FIFA World Cup, reopened in May 2017[1]
Surface Grass
Opened 3 March 1976
Renovated 2005, 2014–17
Qatar national football team
Opening fireworks at the 2006 Asian Games set off inside the stadium

Khalifa International Stadium (Arabic: ملعب خليفة الدولي‎), also known as National Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar as part of the Doha Sports City complex, which also includes Aspire Academy, Hamad Aquatic Centre, and the Aspire Tower.[2] It is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's former Emir. The final of 2011 AFC Asian Cup was held at this stadium. The stadium is also the first completed venue that will host a part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. In 2017, it received a four star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the first in the world to be awarded this rating.[3]


The stadium was originally opened in 1976, but was fully renovated and expanded in 2005 prior to the 2006 Asian Games in order to increase its capacity from 20,000 to 40,000. A roof has also been built on the western side of the stadium, along with a large arch on the eastern side, which was used as a platform for the launch of fireworks during the 2006 Asian Games opening ceremony.

Before its renovation it was used mostly for football matches, but it includes facilities for many other sports. Since 1997, it hosts the annual track and field event Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix, now as part of the IAAF Diamond League. It is currently the stadium of Qatar national football team. It will host the 17th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in autumn 2019.

The venue hosted two international friendly football matches between Brazil and England on 14 November 2009 and Brazil and Argentina on 17 November 2010 and the athletics of the 2009 ISF World School Games, held between 8–12 December 2009.

The stadium also hosted the inaugural function of the 2011 Pan Arab Games.[4]

The stadium was reopened, after redevelopment, in May 2017.

Sport events[edit]

2011 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Date Time(QST) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
2011-01-07 19:15  Qatar 0–2  Uzbekistan Group A
2011-01-12 19:15  China PR 0–2  Qatar Group A
2011-01-16 19:15  Qatar 3–0  Kuwait Group A
2011-01-21 19:25  Uzbekistan 2–1  Jordan Quarterfinal
2011-01-25 19:25  Uzbekistan 0–6  Australia Semifinal
2011-01-29 18:00  Australia 0–1  Japan Final


Date Time(QST) Team #1 Res. Team #2
2009-11-14 19:15  Brazil 1–0  England
2010-11-17 19:15  Brazil 0–1  Argentina
2010-11-18 18:00  Qatar 0–1  Haiti
2010-12-22 16:00  Qatar 2–0  Estonia
2010-12-28 19:15  Qatar 0–0  Iran
2013-02-06 21:00  Spain 3–1  Uruguay


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  2. ^ "Alternative Name". Emporis. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ (2017-11-28). "Khalifa International Stadium receives major sustainability award". Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 

Coordinates: 25°15′49.19″N 51°26′53.08″E / 25.2636639°N 51.4480778°E / 25.2636639; 51.4480778

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Busan Asiad Stadium
Asian Games
Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Succeeded by
Haixinsha Island
Preceded by
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
AFC Asian Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Stadium Australia
Preceded by
London Stadium
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Succeeded by
Hayward Field