Khalifa International Stadium
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|Location||Al-Waab Street, Baaya, Qatar|
|Owner||Qatar Football Association|
|Opened||3 March 1976|
|Qatar national football team (1976–present)|
Khalifa International Stadium (Arabic: ملعب خليفة الدولي, romanized: Istād Khalīfah), 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. 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.  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.
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 the 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 was reopened, after redevelopment, in May 2017. IAAF Diamond League organised a test event for 2019 World Championships in Athletics in May same year as the main event running September-October to avoid health risks because of heat climates in summer.
- The 2011 Asian Cup Final was played at the stadium.
- Host for the 2004 Gulf Cup of Nations
- Host for the 2006 Asian Games
- Host for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup for Group A matches, the Quarter Final, Semi-final, and the Final
- Host for the 2011 Pan Arab Games
- Host for the 2019 World Championships in Athletics
- Host for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
2011 AFC Asian Cup
|Date||Time(QST)||Team #1||Res.||Team #2||Round|
|2011-01-12||19:15||China PR||0–2||Qatar||Group A|
|Date||Time(QST)||Team #1||Res.||Team #2|
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- Saraiva, Alexia. "Get To Know The 8 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums". ArchDaily.
- FIFA.com (28 November 2017). "Khalifa International Stadium receives major sustainability award". FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
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