Khalifa International Stadium, also known as National Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar, as part of the Doha Sports City complex, which also includes Aspire Academy, Hamad Aquatic Centre, and the Aspire Tower. It is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's former Emir. The final of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup was held at this stadium. In 2017, it received a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the first in the world to be awarded this rating. The stadium employs about 30,000 workers.
The stadium opened in 1976. In 1992, the stadium hosted all 15 games of the 11th Gulf Cup, which Qatar won for the first time. It was renovated and expanded in 2005, before the 2006 Asian Games, to increase its capacity from originally 20,000 to 40,000 seats. A roof covers the western side of the stadium. The eastern side has a large arch, which was used as a platform to launch fireworks during the 2006 Asian Games opening ceremony.
Before the 2005 renovation, the stadium was used mostly for association football (soccer) matches, but it is equipped for many other sports. Since 1997, the stadium has hosted the annual Doha Diamond League (previously known by other names) track and field competition. It is the Qatar national football team's home stadium. The stadium hosted 6 games of the 2011 Pan Arab Games: all matches of the Qatar national team in the group stage, as well as the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and finals of the tournament.
On 17 December 2019, the stadium was scheduled as the venue for two 2019 FIFA Club World Cup matches. Following the decision to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022, it was planned to increase the capacity of the stadium to 68,000.
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