Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium

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Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium
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Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium
Full nameTofiq Bəhramov adına Respublika Stadionu
Former namesJoseph Stalin Stadium (1951–1956)
Vladimir Lenin Stadium (1956–1993)
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Coordinates 40°23′50.42″N49°51′8.76″E / 40.3973389°N 49.8524333°E / 40.3973389; 49.8524333 (Tofiq Bahramov Stadium)
Public transit Baku Subway logo.png Ganjlik
Owner AFFA
Capacity 31,200 [1]
Record attendance50,000 (Neftçi 3–1 Galatasaray, 11 July 1960)
45,000 (Neftçi 3–0 Spartak Moscow, 30 November 1966)
Field size105 by 68 metres (115 by 74 yd)
Opened16 September 1951
Neftçi (1951–2014)
Azerbaijan national football team

The Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium (Azerbaijani : Tofiq Bəhramov adına Respublika Stadionu) is a multi-purpose stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. It is currently used mostly for football matches. It served as the home ground for the Azerbaijan national football team until they moved to the Baku Olympic Stadium. It holds 31,200 seats making it the second largest stadium in the country. [2] The stadium is also used by the Azerbaijan Premier League clubs in the final rounds of European competitions.



The Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium was built in 1951. Its construction started before World War II in 1939, but was suspended. When its construction resumed, it was finished by German prisoners of war. Initially the stadium was named after Joseph Stalin (1878–1953) and built in form of C (Cyrillic: Cтaлин). After the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1956 it was renamed after Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924) as a part of de-Stalinization. In 1993, the stadium was named after the famous football referee Tofiq Bahramov (1925–1993) who died in the same year.

In 2011, the Presidential Reserve Fund of the State Budget of Azerbaijan for 2011 allocated $10 million for capital repairs and reconstruction of the stadium as it could be used as potential venue for Eurovision Song Contest 2012. [3] [4] During a reconstruction process, the number of seats were increased from 29870 to 31200 and the grass cover football stadium was properly renewed according to FİFA standards. In addition, the projectors which were used to light the stadium were also renewed with innovative and modern technologies. President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the Tofig Bahramov Republican Stadium after major overhaul and reconstruction on 16 August 2012. [5]

The stadium was one of the venues for the group stages of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. One Group A match, a semi-final and the final were played there. [6]


The athletics competitions of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) was held at the stadium between July 22 and 27, 2019.

The stadium also hosted archery at 2015 European Games. [7]

Aside from sporting uses, several concerts have been played at Tofiq Bahramov, with such big names as Shakira, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Tarkan playing. [8] [9] [10] [11]


Concerts at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
30 June 2006 Tarkan Solo Concert55,000 [12]
10 June 2007 Aygun Kazimova Solo Concert29,000 [13]
23 September 2007 Elton John The Captain and the Kid Tour 32,000 [14]
22 September 2012 Jennifer Lopez 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 30,000 [15]
13 October 2012 Shakira 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 40,000 [16]
19 April 2013 Konul Khasiyeva Solo Concert15,000 [17]

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