Khalifa International StadiumEdit profile
Khalifa International Stadium (Arabic: ستاد خليفة الدولي) or 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.History
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.
The venue hosted two international friendly football matches between Brazil and England on November 14, 2009 and Brazil and Argentina on November 17, 2010 and the athletics of the 2009 ISF World School Games, held between December 8–12, 2009.Sport events
- The 2011 Asian Cup Final was played at the stadium.
- Host for the 2004 Gulf Cup of Nations (2004)
- Host for the 2006 Asian Games (2006)
- Host for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup for Group A matches, the Quarter Final, Semi-final and the final, (2011)
- Host for 2022 FIFA World Cup, (2022).
- Host for 2011 MTV Asia Awards(2011).