Mỹ Đình National Stadium
The Mỹ Đình National Stadium (Vietnamese: Sân vận động Quốc gia Mỹ Đình) is a multi-use stadium in Nam Từ Liêm, Hanoi (Vietnam). It has a capacity of 40,192 seats and is the centerpiece of Vietnam's National Sports Complex. It was officially opened in September 2003 and was the main venue for the Southeast Asian Games later that year, hosting the opening and closing ceremony as well as the men's football and athletics events.
(Vietnamese: Sân vận động Quốc gia Mỹ Đình)
The exterior of Mỹ Đình National Stadium
|Location||Nam Từ Liêm, Hanoi, Vietnam|
|Operator||Vietnam National Sports Complex|
|Opened||2 September 2003|
|Renovated||7 September 2016|
|Construction cost||US$ 53 million|
|Architect||Hanoi International Group, HISG|
|Vietnam national football team (2003–present)|
Vietnam women's national football team (2003–present)
Thể Công (2005–2008, 2010-present)
Hà Nội FC (2018)
Phù Đổng FC (2019-present)
Located 10 kilometres north-west of central Hanoi, the 40,000-seat stadium is the second biggest in the country in terms of capacity and was built at a cost of US$53 million. Arched roofs cover the grandstands on the east and west sides of the arena, providing shelter for half of the seats.
The area provides training facilities for the teams with two football training grounds located next to the stadium.
Ideas for a new national stadium in Vietnam were marked up in 1998 as the government conducted a prefeasibility study for a national sports complex. In July 2000, Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Văn Khải approved a project of a stadium at the heart of Vietnam's National Sports Complex in preparation for hosting the 2003 Southeast Asian Games. Four firms, namely Hanoi International Group (HISG - China), Philipp Holzmann (Germany), Bouygues (France) and Lemna-Keystone (United States), participated in the bidding of the stadium's construction. The process was controversial due to violations of technical and financial requirements in HISG and Holzmann's bids, corruption allegations involving a French donation as well as the intransparency in the panel's decision making. In the end, HISG won the bid and signed a commitment contract on August 14, 2001.
Construction on the stadium started in 2002. During the developmental phase, the stadium was referred to as Sân vận động Trung tâm ("central stadium"). The stadium was architecturally complete in June 2003. In August 2003, the stadium was officially named Mỹ Đình National Stadium, taking after the name of the commune area the stadium is located within. It was inaugurated on September 2, 2003 to coincide with Vietnam's National Day.
Mỹ Đình has 4 stands. The A & B stands (or east and west stands, respectively) are covered each by an arched roof weighing 2,300 tonnes. These two stands have two tiers and are 25.8 m (85 ft) tall while the C & D stands (or south and north stands) are single-tiered and 8.4 m (28 ft) tall. In total, the stadium has a capacity of 40,192 seats, including 450 VIP seats and 160 seats for journalists.
In July 2007, Mỹ Đình Stadium hosted the Group B of 2007 AFC Asian Cup along with Quân khu 7 Stadium (Ho Chi Minh City), quarter-final match (Japan vs Australia) and semi-final match (Japan vs Saudi Arabia).
Mỹ Đình Stadium held the opening ceremony of the 2009 Asian Indoor Games from October 30, 2009 to November 8.
In December 2010, it held Group B of 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup from December 2 to December 8.
In addition, this stadium held many domestic and international football competitions:
- 2008 AFC Champions League (Nam Định selected this stadium as their own Thiên Trường Stadium did not meet AFC criteria).
- 2008 The stadium held an international friendly match between Vietnam and Olympic Brazil.
- 2010 VFF Cup.
- 2011 V-League (25th round match between Hà Nội ACB and Sông Lam Nghệ An).
- 2011 VFF Cup.
- 2012 Football at the Summer Olympics – Men's Asian Qualifiers Playoff Round
The three runners-up from the third round groups played each other at a neutral venue on 25, 27 and 29 March 2012. Vietnam was later chosen by the AFC Competitions Committee as the neutral venue, with games played at Hanoi's Mỹ Đình Stadium.
- On 17 July 2013, the stadium held an international friendly match between Vietnam and Arsenal.
- On 27 July 2015, the stadium held an international friendly match between Vietnam and Manchester City.
Major sports matchesEdit
2003 Southeast Asian GamesEdit
|Date||Time (UTC+7)||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round||Attendance|
|30 November 2003||15:00||Indonesia||1–0||Laos||Group A (opening match)||N/A|
|30 November 2003||17:30||Thailand||1–1||Vietnam||Group A||N/A|
|9 December 2003||16:00||Thailand||2–0||Myanmar||Semi-final||N/A|
|9 December 2003||19:00||Vietnam||4–3||Malaysia||Semi-final||N/A|
|12 December 2003||16:30||Malaysia||1–1 (4–2 pen.)||Myanmar||Bronze medal match||N/A|
|12 December 2003||19:00||Thailand||2–1||Vietnam||Final||N/A|
2007 AFC Asian CupEdit
|Date||Time (UTC+7)||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round||Attendance|
|8 July 2007||19:30||Vietnam||2–0||United Arab Emirates||Group B||39,450|
|9 July 2007||17:15||Japan||1–1||Qatar||Group B||5,000|
|12 July 2007||19:30||Qatar||1–1||Vietnam||Group B||40,000|
|13 July 2007||20:30||United Arab Emirates||1–3||Japan||Group B||5,000|
|16 July 2007||17:15||Vietnam||1–4||Japan||Group B||40,000|
|21 July 2007||17:15||Japan||1–1 (4–3 pen.)||Australia||Quarter-final||25,000|
|25 July 2007||20:15||Japan||2–3||Saudi Arabia||Semi-final||10,000|
Mỹ Đình National Stadium has hosted many entertainment events. On January 10, 2010, VTV held a concert featuring local famous singers. On March 27, 2010, a MTV Exit concert was held here with the appearance of Super Junior, a Korean boyband, Kate Miller, an Australian singer along with many Vietnamese singers. Recently, on October 1, 2011, the Irish boyband Westlife put a stop here as a part of their Gravity Tour; about 11,000 people attended the concert. The stadium was also the starting line of The Amazing Race Vietnam 2012. On May 26, 2013, MTV Exit held a concert featuring the Canadian pop punk band Simple Plan to raise awareness about human trafficking and modern slavery.
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