King Fahd International Stadium

The King Fahd International Stadium (Arabic: استاد الملك فهد الدولي), also nicknamed "Pearl of Stadiums" (درة الملاعب Durrat al-Mala'eb) or simply "the Pearl" (الدرة Addurra), is a multi-purpose stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it also has athletics facilities.

King Fahd International Stadium
درة الملاعب
LocationRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Broke ground2 December 1982
Opened1987 (1987)
ArchitectIan Fraser, John Roberts & Partners
Al-Shabab (1987–present)
Al-Nassr (1987–present)


The stadium was built in 1987 with capacity over 67,000 seats.[1] It measures 116 yards by 74 yards. It also has one of the largest stadium roofs in the world. It was a venue for matches of the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1989, including the final match.

As part of Saudi Vision 2030, there was a celebration of the 87th anniversary of the Saudi founding with concerts and performances, with women for the first time being allowed into the stadium.[2]

The stadium is included in the FIFA football games since FIFA 13, when the Saudi Professional League started being featured in the game.

The cost of construction was about 1.912 billion Saudi riyals or $510 million.[1] The stadium's roof shades over 67,000 seats and covers an area of 47,000 square feet. The 24 columns are arranged in a circle with a 247-metre diameter. The huge umbrella keeps the sun off the seats and concourse slabs, providing shade and comfort in the hot desert climate. The first goal in an official game was scored by Majed Abdullah.

As a personal touch to the stadium, a royal balcony was constructed.

The architect was Michael KC Cheah.


The stadium's first major musical event was holding a concert by BTS, which was their first concert in the Middle East, as part of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself World Tour on October 11, 2019. This made the band the first international act to perform in the stadium.

The stadium also hosted WWE's event Crown Jewel on October 31, 2019.[3]

See also


Preceded by
King Fahd Cup
Final Venue

1992, 1995
Succeeded by
(as FIFA Confederations Cup Final Venue)
Preceded by
Suphachalasai Stadium
Asian Club Championship
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Stadium Merdeka
Kuala Lumpur
Preceded by
(as King Fahd Cup Final Venue)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Estadio Azteca
Mexico City
Preceded by
Azadi Stadium
Asian Club Championship
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Suwon World Cup Stadium
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.