SPORTS LAW AT THE CROSSROADS

Name Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Capacity 42,056
Address P.O. Box 2750, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


History The stadium was opened in 1980 as Al-Jazira Stadium and had a capacity of 15,000 when it hosted three games at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships. The stadium underwent significant renovations between 2006 and 2009 that nearly tripled the seating capacity and took its current name from the current Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces


Matches being hosted in Asian Cup Match 7 – 7th January – Iran vs Yemen – Group D

Match 17 – 11th January – Philippines vs China PR – Group C

Match 28 – 15th January – Palestine vs Jordan – Group B

Match 33 – 17th January – Oman vs Turkmenistan – Group F

Match 39 – 20th January – Winner Group D vs 3rd Group B/E/F – Round of 16

Match 46 – 24th January – Winner Match 38 vs Winner Match 39 – Quarter-final

Match 50 – 29th January – Winner Match 47 vs Match 50 – Semi-final


Notable Matches played 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships – two Quarter-finals and one Semi-final

2009 FIFA Club World Cup – Play off for Quarter-finals, one Quarter-final and one Semi-final

2010 FIFA Club World Cup – Play off for Quarter-finals, one Quarter-final and one Semi-final


Who the stadium is home to The 2016/17 Arabian Gulf League Champions Al-Jazira FC, one of the oldest clubs in UAE

UAE national team also play there on occasion


Special Features The stadium is a multi-purpose stadium and also hosts Cricket matches, with the A teams of India Pakistan and Sri Lanka playing matches there in 1999