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The King Fahd International Stadium (Arabic: استاد الملك فهد الدولي‎), also nicknamed "Pearl of Stadiums" (درة الملاعب Durrat al-Mala'eb) or simply "the Pearl" (الدرة Addurra), is a multi-purpose stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it also has athletics facilities.

King Fahd International Stadium
درة الملاعب
استاد الملك فهد الدولي King Fahd International Stadium (66723825).jpeg
LocationSaudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Capacity68,752
Construction
Broke ground2 December 1982
Opened1987; 32 years ago (1987)
ArchitectIan Fraser, John Roberts & Partners
Tenants
Al-Shabab (1987–present)
Al-Nassr (1987–present)

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OverviewEdit

 
King Fahd Stadium in 2014

The stadium was built in 1987 with capacity over 67,000 seats.[1] It measures 116 yards by 74 yards. It also has one of the largest stadium roofs in the world. It was a venue for matches of the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1989, including the final match.

As part of Saudi Vision 2030, there was a celebration of the 87th anniversary of the Saudi founding with concerts and performances, with women for the first time being allowed into the King Fahd International Stadium.[2]

The stadium is included in the FIFA football games since FIFA 13, when the Saudi Professional League started being featured in the game.

The cost of construction was about 1.912 billion Saudi riyals or $510 million.[1] The stadium's roof shades over 67,000 seats and covers an area of 47,000 square feet. The 24 columns are arranged in a circle with a 247-metre diameter. The huge umbrella keeps the sun off the seats and concourse slabs, providing shade and comfort in the hot desert climate. The first goal in an official game was scored by Majed Abdullah.

As a personal touch to the stadium, a royal balcony was constructed.

The architect was Michael KC Cheah.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "King Fahd International Stadium". StadiumDB. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Women allowed into stadium as Saudi Arabia promotes national pride, part of reform push". 23 September 2017.

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Coordinates: 24°47′17.54″N 46°50′21.25″E / 24.7882056°N 46.8392361°E / 24.7882056; 46.8392361

Preceded by
None
King Fahd Cup
Final Venue

1992, 1995
Succeeded by
Itself
(as FIFA Confederations Cup Final Venue)
Preceded by
Suphachalasai Stadium
Bangkok
Asian Club Championship
Final Venue

1996
Succeeded by
Stadium Merdeka
Kuala Lumpur
Preceded by
Itself
(as King Fahd Cup Final Venue)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Final Venue

1997
Succeeded by
Estadio Azteca
Mexico City
Preceded by
Azadi Stadium
Tehran
Asian Club Championship
Final Venue

2000
Succeeded by
Suwon World Cup Stadium
Suwon