Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium
The Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium (Azerbaijani: Tofiq Bəhramov adına Respublika Stadionu) is a multi-purpose stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. It is currently used mostly for football matches. It served as the home ground for the Azerbaijan national football team until they moved to the Baku Olympic Stadium. It holds 31,200 seats making it the second largest stadium in the country. The stadium is also used by the Azerbaijan Premier League clubs in the final rounds of European competitions.
|Full name||Tofiq Bəhramov adına Respublika Stadionu|
|Former names||Joseph Stalin Stadium (1951–1956)|
Vladimir Lenin Stadium (1956–1993)
|Field size||104 by 66 metres (114 by 72 yd)|
|Opened||16 September 1951|
Azerbaijan national football team
The Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium was built in 1951. Its construction started before World War II in 1939, but was suspended. When its construction resumed, it was finished by German prisoners of war. Initially the stadium was named after Joseph Stalin and built in form of C (Cyrillic: Cтaлин). After the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1956 it was renamed after Vladimir Lenin as a part of de-Stalinization. In 1993, the stadium was named after the famous football referee Tofiq Bahramov who died in the same year.
In 2011, the Presidential Reserve Fund of the State Budget of Azerbaijan for 2011 allocated $10 million for capital repairs and reconstruction of the stadium as it could be used as potential venue for Eurovision Song Contest 2012. During a reconstruction process, the number of seats were increased from 29870 to 31200 and the grass cover football stadium was properly renewed according to FİFA standarts. In addition, the projectors which were used to light the stadium were also renewed with innovative and modern technologies. President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the Tofig Bahramov Republican Stadium after major overhaul and reconstruction on 16 August 2012. 
|Concerts at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium|
|30 June 2006||Tarkan||Solo Concert||55,000|
|13 October 2012||Shakira||2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup||40,000|
|23 September 2007||Elton John||The Captain and the Kid Tour||32,000|
|22 September 2012||Jennifer Lopez||2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup||30,000|
|10 June 2007||Aygun Kazimova||Solo Concert||29,000|
|19 April 2013||Konul Khasiyeva||Solo Concert||15,000|
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