Dasharath Rangasala (Nepali: दशरथ रंगशाला; transl. Dasharath Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium in Tripureshwar, Kathmandu. With a seating capacity of 15,000, it is the biggest stadium in Nepal. It is named after Dasharath Chand, one of the four great martyrs of Nepal.
|Location||Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Owner||Government of Nepal|
|Operator||All Nepal Football Association (ANFA)|
|Capacity||15,000 (as of 2020)|
The stadium is used mostly for football matches and cultural programmes. It has floodlights installed, to facilitate matches and events in the evenings. Most of Nepal's national and international tournaments are held in this stadium. Nepal's primary football division, Martyr's Memorial League, is also held on this ground every year. The stadium has also been the only host of the inaugural 2021 Nepal Super League season.
As Nepal's biggest stadium, the Dasharath Stadium has hosted many important events. The 2012 AFC Challenge Cup and the 2013 SAFF Championship were held here, with the Halchowk Stadium hosting some of the matches as well. Apart from sports, numerous cultural festivals and musical events take place here. The 2011 concert of Bryan Adams was held in this stadium and was his first rock concert in Nepal.
The stadium suffered damage from the April 2015 earthquake that hit Nepal. The stadium has been renovated again after the destruction from a massive earthquake and the opening was done again on 1 December 2019 on the occasion of 13th South Asian Games (SAG). The stadium will host 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification events, after the Gorkhalis having played five matches away from home.
Thousands of football fans were present in the stadium on 13 March 1988. About 30,000 fans were present in the match between the club of Nepali and Bangladeshi team. According to the reports, about 93 people died including 2 police officers and a 12-year-old kid in the stampede. People were trampled and suffocated while trying to escape the hailstorm. More than 100 people were hospitalized with injuries. The wind speed was about 50 mph which resulted in hailstorms, uprooting of trees across the Kathmandu valley. It was considered one of the worst catastrophe events in the history of sports.
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