Ghazi Stadium (Pashto: غازي لوبغالی) (Persian: ورزشگاه غازى) is a multi-purpose stadium in eastern Kabul, Afghanistan, mainly used to play football. It is sometimes called by other names such as the Afghan Football Federation Stadium. It was built during the reign of King Amanullah Khan in 1923, who is regarded as Ghazi (Hero) for the Afghan victory in the Third Anglo-Afghan War and gaining independence for his nation after the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919. The stadium has the capacity to house 25,000 people.
National football stadium of Afghanistan
Scene at the stadium after a special ribbon cutting event December 2011
|Full name||Ghazi Stadium|
|Location||District 16, Kabul, Afghanistan|
|Owner||Afghanistan National Olympic Committee|
|Afghanistan national football team |
Maiwand Kabul FC
Kabul Bank F.C.
Javan Azadi Kabul F.C.
Hakim Sanayi Kabul F.C.
The first international match played inside Ghazi Stadium was a football (soccer) match between Afghanistan and Iran on January 1, 1941, the game was a draw with neither team scoring. In 1963, American musician Duke Ellington held a concert here as part of his tour sponsored by the US State Department.
The stadium is currently used mostly for football matches between teams from different provinces of the country as well as international matches.
On December 15, 2011, the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee celebrated the re-opening of the newly renovated Ghazi in Kabul. Hosted by the Afghan Olympic Committee, the event was attended by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Afghan Olympic President Lieutenant General Mohammad Zaher Aghbar, and Commander of International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan General John R. Allen.
The event, which also included nearly 5,000 spectators, featured a parade of athletes on the track, opening remarks, a ribbon cutting, and two abbreviated football matches involving both men's and women's football teams. The upgraded playing field will be FIFA certified allowing for future matches to be internationally sanctioned.
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