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The Abbasiyyin Stadium (Arabic: ملعب العباسيين‎) is a multi-use all-seater stadium in Damascus, Syria, currently used mostly for football matches and serves as the home venue of the Syrian national team. It is also home to Syrian Premier League clubs Al-Wahda, Al-Jaish and Al-Majd. The stadium which was built in 1976 is able to hold up to 30,000 spectators, being the 4th largest stadium in Syria.

Abbasyn Stadium
ملعب العباسيين
Abbasiyyin stadium from a distance.jpg
The Abbasiyyin Stadium from a distance
LocationDamascus, Syria
Coordinates33°31′22.04″N 36°19′12.58″E / 33.5227889°N 36.3201611°E / 33.5227889; 36.3201611Coordinates: 33°31′22.04″N 36°19′12.58″E / 33.5227889°N 36.3201611°E / 33.5227889; 36.3201611
OwnerGovernment of Syria
OperatorGeneral Sports Federation of Syria
Capacity30,000[1]
Field size105 x 70 m
SurfaceGrass
Scoreboardyes
Construction
Built1957
Renovated1976, 1992, 2011
Tenants
Syria national football team
Al-Wahda SC Damascus
Al-Jaish SC Damascus
Al-Majd Damascus

HistoryEdit

The stadium was originally opened in 1957 with a capacity of 10,000 spectators, to host football matches and local athletics events.

On the occasion of the 5th Pan Arab Games in 1976,[2] the stadium was entirely renovated and the capacity was expanded up to 40,000 spectators.

However, after the most recent renovation in March 2011, Abbasiyyin Stadium was turned into an all-seater stadium and the capacity was reduced to 30,000 seats.[3]

Abbasiyyin Stadium hosted the 5th and 7th Pan Arab Games in 1976 and 1992 respectively as a main venue.

On 6 May 2001, a holy mass was conducted by Pope John Paul II in the Abbasiyyin Stadium.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Abbasiyyin Stadium on stadiumb.com
  2. ^ eDamascus: Abbasiyyin Stadium
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2012-02-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Al-Baath newspaper 10 March 2011
  4. ^ Pope John Paul II, holy mass in Damascus Abbasiyyin Stadium
Preceded by
Amman International Stadium
  Amman
West Asian Football Federation Championship
Final Venue

2002
Succeeded by
Azadi Stadium
  Tehran