Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the “8th km” stadium in Baku

14 september 2012, 15:30
Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the “8th km” stadium in Baku

A new stadium has been commissioned in the “8th km” settlement of the capital’s Nizami district.

The opening ceremony was joined by President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva.

Flowers were presented to First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva.

The head of state cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the stadium.

Informing the head of state during familiarization with the stadium, AFFA President Rovnag Abdullayev said that construction work had started in May 2010. The stadium with a total area of 22,500 square meters is equipped with modern facilities meeting international standards.

President Ilham Aliyev was presented with a book “Azerbaijani football – 100” describing 100 years of football in Azerbaijan.

Then the President reviewed the football pitch.

It was noted that the stadium with a seating capacity of 11,000 people has three entrances – one common entrance and entrances for the media and VIP, and five sectors. The stadium will host matches of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which has already been confirmed by FIFA. After completion of the World Cup, the stadium will also host matches of the Azerbaijan Premier League. Natural grass cover meeting FIFA requirements has been brought from abroad and a special heating system installed. There are four floodlight projectors and a modern general lighting system at the stadium. To cover the upper section of the stands, a special frame has been used and coated with a fire resistant membrane of different sizes.

Then, President Ilham Aliyev was presented with the official ball of the 2012 European Football Championship held in Poland and Ukraine.

President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva signed a football of the national U-17 women’s team for luck.

Then the head of state examined other facilities of the stadium.

It was noted that there is a room for family viewing and 17 VIP skyboxes. There is a large display above the stands. A total of 200 seats have been allocated to the media. In the lower part of the stands there are four locker rooms for the teams, rooms and conference facilities for FIFA media professionals, rooms for coaches, referees, doctors, a doping control room, etc. There is also a control room to monitor security and a commentator’s booth. The stadium has a car park for 300 vehicles.

President Ilham Aliyev praised the work done at the stadium.