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Addis Ababa Stadium

Yidnekachew Tessema Stadium
Full name Yidnekachew Tessema Stadium
Former names Haile Selassie Stadium
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Capacity 35,000
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1940
Renovated 1960, 1999
Tenants
Ethiopia national football team
Saint George FC
Ethiopian Coffee FC
Defence FC

Yidnekachew Tessema Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is used mostly for football matches although it also has athletics facilities. The stadium has a capacity of 35,000 people.

History

Addis Ababa Stadium was constructed in 1940. It hosted several matches during the 1962, 1968 and 1976 African Cup of Nations, including the final of the 1962 (won by Ethiopia over the United Arab Republic) and 1968 editions and the final group stage of the 1976 tournament.

Later in 1999, it was renovated for the 2001 CAF African Youth Championship held in Ethiopia. In this championship, the Ethiopia's National Youth team came fourth. The Ethiopian youth team thereby qualified for the first time for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship that took place in Argentina.

Addis Ababa Stadium is located at the heart of Addis Ababa near Legehar train station and Meskel Square. The stadium hosts both international soccer and athletics competitions. Great athletes like the legendary Abebe Bikila and Haile Gebrselassie have competed at the stadium. According to IAAF certification, Addis Ababa stadium has Class II certificate for its athletics facilities. Between 30 April and 4 May 2008, Addis Ababa Stadium hosted the 16th African Athletics Championships.

Construction on a new FIFA and Olympic-standard 60,000 seat stadium is due in April 2015. LAVA, DESIGNSPORT and local Ethiopian firm JDAW won the international competition held by the Federal Sport Commission, Ethiopia to design the stadium and sports village. The design combines local identity, such as rock cut architecture and the massob basket,[1] with new technology.[2]

External links

  • worldstadiums.com
  • Photos at fussballtempel.net
  • Photos at StadiumZone

References

  1. ^ http://www.afritecture.org/architecture/addis-ababa-national-stadium
  2. ^ http://www.khl.com/magazines/international-construction/detail/item76130/

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