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Rajamangala Stadium

The Rajamangala National Stadium (Thai: ราชมังคลากีฬาสถาน; RTGSRatchamangkhala Kila Sathan, pronounced [râːt.t͡ɕʰā.māŋ.kʰā.lāː kīː.lāː sā.tʰǎːn]) is the national stadium of Thailand and the home stadium for the Thailand national football team. It is part of the Hua Mak Sports Complex, and is located in Hua Mak Subdistrict, Bang Kapi, Bangkok. It officially opened in 1998.

Rajamangala National Stadium
ราชมังคลากีฬาสถาน
Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.jpg
Full nameRajamangala National Stadium
LocationHua Mak, Bang Kapi, Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates13°45′20″N 100°37′20″E / 13.755417°N 100.622167°E / 13.755417; 100.622167
Public transitARLbangkok.svg  ARL  Ramkhamhaeng Station
 MRT  Rajamangala Stadium (from 2023)
OwnerSports Authority of Thailand (SAT)
OperatorSports Authority of Thailand (SAT)
Capacity49,722 (all seated)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built22 September 1988
Opened1998
Renovated2019
ArchitectFaculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University
Tenants
Thailand national football team (1998–present)

OverviewEdit

It was first used for the 1998 Asian Games in 1998 and 1999 ASEAN University Games in 1999. Since then, it has been used for many international matches and football tournaments. Most notably, for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. Thai club sides have also used the stadium when playing in continental cup competitions. Krung Thai Bank FC (now Bangkok Glass FC) used it for AFC Champions League matches, and PEA FC and Chonburi FC have recently used it in the AFC Cup. Aside from football, it has been used for athletics, pop concerts, and political rallies.

Rajamangala Stadium was designed by the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University. The main material used in construction was concrete and therefore, though the stadium is impressive and imposing, it could never be described as beautiful. However, it is undoubtedly dramatic. The stands rise and fall like a giant, exaggerated version of Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium. At each end are quite narrow tiers of seats but the tiers rise and rise as they move round the sides until they peak level with the half-way line. From an aesthetic point of view, the stadium is best viewed from a distance, preferably from the air, where the elliptical shape of the side tribunes seems particularly pronounced.

The aforementioned side tribunes are designated 'East' and 'West'. 'East' is the uncovered popular side; 'West' is the covered side where the more expensive seats are. The two ends are designated 'North' and 'South'. 'North' is the more popular of the two. It's where the more vocal and colorful elements of the Thai support congregate.

The capacity of the stadium is 65,000. When the stadium first opened the capacity was 80,000. But plastic seats were installed on the North, South and East sides, where previously there had been bare concrete steps, in readiness for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.

The stadium is not served by public transport which has always been a source of frustration for fans. No Bangkok Skytrains, subway-trains or normal overground trains stop anywhere near the stadium (unlike at the National Stadium, which is served by the Skytrain - National Stadium BTS station). However, there are buses and taxis which pass fairly close to the stadium. In 2010 Airport Rail Link was completed which means that the stadium is served by the City Line at - Ramkhamhaeng Station. From 2022 MRT Orange Line will be open and Rajamangala Stadium Station will be located in front of the stadium.

The stadium hosted the 2012 Race of Champions.

On 24 November 2013, a crowd estimated at 100,000 joined the rally around Bangkok's Democracy Monument in an anti-government protest, according to the Democrat Party, as pro-government red shirts gathered at Rajamangala Sports Stadium. On 16 September 2019 Sports Authority of Thailand has been closed for renovation to be used as one of the stadiums for 2020 AFC U-23 Championship, which Thailand hosted in January 2020 to select 3 teams to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.[1]

Other stadiums in Bangkok include the Thai Army Sports Stadium, the Thai-Japanese Stadium and Chulalongkorn University Stadium.

PerformancesEdit

Past performancesEdit

Upcoming performancesEdit

Sports eventsEdit

Tournament resultsEdit

The stadium has hosted several international FIFA matches. Here is a list of the most important international matches held at the Rajamangala Stadium.

1998 Asian GamesEdit

Date Time (UTC+07) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
7 December 1998 15:00   Japan 0–2   South Korea Second Round (Group 2)
7 December 1998 17:00   United Arab Emirates 0–5   Kuwait Second Round (Group 2)
8 December 1998 15:00   Qatar 1–0   Lebanon Second Round (Group 4)
8 December 1998 17:00   Thailand 1–1   Kazakhstan Second Round (Group 4)
9 December 1998 15:00   United Arab Emirates 1–2   South Korea Second Round (Group 2)
9 December 1998 17:00   Japan 2–1   Kuwait Second Round (Group 2)
10 December 1998 15:00   Qatar 0–2   Kazakhstan Second Round (Group 4)
10 December 1998 17:00   Thailand 1–0   Lebanon Second Round (Group 4)
11 December 1998 15:00   Japan 0–1   United Arab Emirates Second Round (Group 2)
11 December 1998 17:00   South Korea 1–0   Kuwait Second Round (Group 2)
12 December 1998 15:00   Kazakhstan 0–3   Lebanon Second Round (Group 4)
10 December 1998 17:00   Thailand 1–2   Qatar Second Round (Group 4)
14 December 1998 14:00   Thailand 2–1 (a.e.t.)   South Korea Quarter-finals
14 December 1998 17:00   Qatar 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(1–3 pen.)
  Kuwait Quarter-finals
16 December 1998 14:00   Iran 1–0   China PR Semi-finals
16 December 1998 17:00   Thailand 0–3   Kuwait Semi-finals
19 December 1998 17:00   Iran 2–0   Kuwait Gold medal match

2000 AFF ChampionshipEdit

Date Time (UTC+07) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
16 November 2000 16:00   Vietnam 2–3 (a.e.t)   Indonesia Semi-finals N/A
16 November 2000 19:00   Thailand 2–0   Malaysia Semi-finals N/A
18 November 2000 16:00   Vietnam 0–3   Malaysia Third place play-off N/A
18 November 2000 19:00   Thailand 4–1   Indonesia Final N/A

2007 AFC Asian CupEdit

Date Time (UTC+07) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
7 July 2007 19:30   Thailand 1–1   Iraq Group A 30,000
8 July 2007 17:15   Australia 1–1   Oman Group A 5,000
12 July 2007 17:15   Thailand 2–0   Oman Group A 19,000
13 July 2007 17:15   Iraq 3–1   Australia Group A 6,000
16 July 2007 19:30   Thailand 0–4   Australia Group A 46,000
21 July 2007 20:15   Iraq 2–0   Vietnam Quarter-finals 9,790

2008 AFF ChampionshipEdit

Date Time (UTC+07) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
20 December 2008 19:00   Thailand 2–1   Indonesia Semifinals second leg 40,000
24 December 2008 19:00   Thailand 1–2   Vietnam Finals first leg 50,000

2012 AFF ChampionshipEdit

Date Time (UTC+07) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
24 November 2012 17:30   Vietnam 1–1   Myanmar Group Stage N/A
24 November 2012 20:20   Thailand 2–1   Philippines Group Stage N/A
27 November 2012 17:30   Vietnam 0–1   Philippines Group Stage N/A
27 November 2012 20:20   Myanmar 0–4   Thailand Group Stage N/A
30 November 2012 20:20   Thailand 3–1   Vietnam Group Stage N/A

2014 AFF ChampionshipEdit

Date Time (UTC+07) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
10 December 2014 19:00   Thailand 3–1   Philippines Semifinals second leg N/A
17 December 2014 19:00   Thailand 2–0   Malaysia Finals first leg N/A

2016 AFF ChampionshipEdit

Date Time (UTC+07) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
8 December 2016 19:00   Thailand 4–0   Myanmar Semifinals second leg 43,638
17 December 2016 19:00   Thailand 2–0   Indonesia Finals second leg 48,000

2018 AFF ChampionshipEdit

Date Time (UTC+07) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
9 November 2018 19:00   Timor-Leste 0–7   Thailand Group Stage 8,764
17 November 2018 18:30   Thailand 4–2   Indonesia Group Stage 37,570
25 November 2018 19:00   Thailand 3–0   Singapore Group Stage 29,673
5 December 2018 19:00   Thailand 2–2   Malaysia Semifinals second leg 46,157

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://mgronline.com/sport/detail/9620000089074
  2. ^ บันทึกการแสดงคอนเสิร์ต 15 ปี เมด อิน ไทยแลนด์
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  7. ^ "Ed Sheeran Tour Recap: Live at Rajamangala National Stadium, BANGKOK, THAILAND: 28 April 2019". Ed Sheeran Official Website. Retrieved 2019-05-18.

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