Khalifa International Stadium

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Khalifa International Stadium (Arabic: ستاد خليفة الدولي) is a multi-use stadium in Doha, Qatar. Prior to the Asian Games, it was used mostly for football matches, but it includes facilities for many other athletics. The stadium has a capacity of 50,000. Khalifa stadium will be the main venue for the Doha 2006 Asian Games, and is part of the Doha Sports City complex, which also includes Aspire Academy, Hamad Aquatic Centre, and the Aspire Tower. Full renovation of the stadium was completed in 2005.

The stadium was originally opened in 1976, but was fully renovated and expanded prior to the Asian Games in order to increase its capacity from 20,000 to 50,000. A roof has also been built on the Western side of the stadium, along with a large arch on the Eastern side which will act as the platform for the launch of fireworks during the 2006 Asian Games Opening Ceremony.

Khalifa Stadium will be home to many of the athletic events of the game, as well as the Opening and Closing ceremonies.

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Opening firworks at the 2006 Asian Games set off inside the stadium

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Coordinates: 25.263715° N 51.44824° E

Khalifa International Stadium

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