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Buriram Stadium, known for sponsorship purposes as Chang Arena is a 32,600-seat football stadium in Buriram, Thailand.[2] The stadium is the home of Thailand's 2011, 2013, and 2015 treble champions, Buriram United. Chang Arena is the largest club-owned football stadium in Thailand. Its nickname is "Thunder Castle", the fifth castle of Buriram Province.

Chang Arena
"Thunder Castle"
Isan, Mueang Buri Ram District, Buri Ram 31000, Thailand - panoramio (6).jpg
Full nameChang Arena
LocationBuriram, Buriram Province, Thailand
Coordinates14°57′57″N 103°05′40″E / 14.965952°N 103.094555°E / 14.965952; 103.094555
OwnerBuriram United F.C.
OperatorBuriram United F.C.
Capacity24,000 seating initially
32,600 seating since 2014[1]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground4 October 2010
Opened4 June 2011
ExpandedQ4/2013
Construction costUS$12–17 million
Tenants
Buriram United F.C.

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HistoryEdit

Chang Arena is in the Mueang Buriram District. The 150-acre site has a capacity of 32,600 people with parking for 500 cars and 1,000 motorcycles. The pitch is floodlit, allowing for night matches.

NameEdit

The stadium is officially named "New I-Mobile Stadium". It is also known as "Thunder Castle Stadium". The stadium is referred as "Chang Arena" due to the sponsorship of Chang beer.[3] The stadium is referred to by its official name, Buriram Stadium, by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

FacilitiesEdit

 
in front of the stadium
 
Buriram United Megastore

The stadium is the first sole-use football stadium in Thailand that meets FIFA and AFC standards. The stadium is eligible to host all levels of domestic or international football matches. The stadium houses locker rooms for home and visiting teams, modern medical facilities, and television and radio broadcasting facilities.

International football matchesEdit

Date Team #1 Score Team #2 Match
14 July 2011   Thailand 1 – 0   Myanmar Friendly
15 July 2011   Thailand 1 – 1   Myanmar Friendly
23 July 2011   Thailand 1 – 0   Palestine 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
10 November 2017   North Korea 4 – 1   Malaysia 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification – Third Round
13 November 2017   Malaysia 1 – 4   North Korea 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification – Third Round
5 June 2019   Curaçao 3 – 1   India 2019 King's Cup
5 June 2019   Vietnam 1 - 0   Thailand 2019 King's Cup
8 June 2019   Thailand 0 - 1   India 2019 King's Cup
8 June 2019   Vietnam 1 - 1

(4 - 5)

  Curaçao 2019 King's Cup

AttendancesEdit

The average and highest attendances at Buriram United domestic league competitions:

Year Average Highest Competition
2011 15,008 24,712 2011 Thai Premier League
2012 15,319 23,033 2012 Thai Premier League
2013 18,941 27,088 2013 Thai Premier League
2014 19,132 33,325 2014 Thai Premier League
2015 19,553 33,269 2015 Thai Premier League
2016 15,547 32,600 2016 Thai League T1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "buri-ram-scores-in-sports-tourism". ttrweekly. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ "ไอ-โมบาย สเตเดียม I-mobile Stadium" (in Thai). chillpainai. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ "เมื่อ "CHANG ARENA" คือชื่อใหม่ของ "I-mobile stadium" เหตุใดไอโมบายฯถึงไม่ได้ไปต่อ". buriramworld. Archived from the original on 24 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.

Coordinates: 14°57′57″N 103°05′40″E / 14.965952°N 103.094555°E / 14.965952; 103.094555