Khalifa International Stadium

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Khalifa International Stadium
Aerial view of Khalifa International Stadium in the Aspire Zone.jpg
Khalifa International Stadium
LocationAl-Waab Street, Baaya, Qatar
Coordinates 25°15′49″N51°26′53″E / 25.26361°N 51.44806°E / 25.26361; 51.44806 Coordinates: 25°15′49″N51°26′53″E / 25.26361°N 51.44806°E / 25.26361; 51.44806
Owner Qatar Football Association
Capacity 45,416 [1]
Opened19 May 2017
Renovated2005, 2014–2017
Qatar national football team (1976–present)
Interior view of Khalifa International Stadium in 2010, prior to redevelopment Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Brazil vs Argentina (2010).jpg
Interior view of Khalifa International Stadium in 2010, prior to redevelopment
Opening fireworks at the 2006 Asian Games set off inside the stadium Asian Games Doha 2006 fireworks.jpg
Opening fireworks at the 2006 Asian Games set off inside the stadium

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. [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. [3] 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. [4]



The stadium opened in 1976. It was renovated and expanded in 2005, before the 2006 Asian Games, to increase its capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 seats. A roof covers the western side of the stadium. The eastern side has a large arch, which was used as a platform to launch fireworks from during the 2006 Asian Games opening ceremony.

Before the 2005 renovation, the stadium was used mostly for association football (soccer) matches, but it is equipped for many other sports. Since 1997, the stadium has hosted the annual Doha Diamond League (previously known by other names) track and field competition. It is the Qatar national football team's home stadium. The stadium hosted the 2011 Pan Arab Games. [5]

After another redevelopment, the stadium reopened in May 2017.

The stadium was the site of the 2019 World Athletics Championships in September and October of that year.

On 17 December 2019, the stadium is scheduled as the venue of two 2019 FIFA Club World Cup matches: the fifth-place match and the semi-final between the CONMEBOL Libertadores champions and the winner of Match 3. [6] [7]

Sport events

2011 AFC Asian Cup

DateTime(QST)Team #1Res.Team #2Round
2011-01-0719:15Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 0–2Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan Group A
2011-01-1219:15Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 0–2Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar Group A
2011-01-1619:15Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 3–0Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Group A
2011-01-2119:25Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 2–1Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Quarterfinal
2011-01-2519:25Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 0–6Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Semifinal
2011-01-2918:00Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Final


DateTime(QST)Team #1Res.Team #2
2009-11-1419:15Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1–0Flag of England.svg  England
2010-11-1719:15Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0–1Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
2010-11-1818:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 0–1Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti
2010-12-1618:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 2–1Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt
2010-12-2216:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 2–0Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
2010-12-2819:15Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 0–0Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
2013-02-0621:00Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3–1Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
2018-09-0719:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
2018-09-1119:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 3–0Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine
2018-12-3120:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1–2Flag of Iran.svg  Iran

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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