Saparmurat Turkmenbashi Olympic Stadium

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Saparmurat Turkmenbashi Olympic Stadium
Turkmenistan - Syria (U23), Olympic stadium Ashgabat.jpg
Location Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Capacity 45,000
Record attendance 30,000 (Turkmenistan v Hong Kong, 18 November 2007)[1]
Opened 2003
Renovated 2013-2017
Architect AFL Architects / Arup
General contractor Mensel JV Consulting & Contracting Inc.[2][3]
Renovation by Polimeks.[4]
Turkmenistan national football team (2003-2011)[5]

Saparmurat Turkmenbashi Olympic Stadium (Turkmen: Saparmyrat Türkmenbaşy adyndaky Olimpiýa Stadiony) is a multi-purpose stadium in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, that stood on the site now occupied by the New Olympic Stadium, which is being built from 2013 until 2017.[6]


The stadium holds 30,000 people and was built in 2003. Despite the use of the name "Olympic Stadium" the facility was neither built as part of a bid to host the Olympic Games, nor has it been used in such games.

In 2007 government decided to reconstruct the stadium and to enlarge it. The new arena will hold up to 45,000 people.[7] The stadium closed in 2012, and was partially demolished in 2013 for redevelopment.[6][8][9]


It was used mostly for football matches, but also for musical performances by Turkmen pop stars such as Maral Ibragimova.[10]

The renovated stadium is going to host the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which is also counted as the 5th Asian Indoor Games will be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in 2017.[11]

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Coordinates: 37°54′15.93″N 58°22′37.51″E / 37.9044250°N 58.3770861°E / 37.9044250; 58.3770861