Addis Ababa Stadium

Addis Ababa Stadium

Addis Ababa Stadium

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

Addis Ababa Stadium was constructed in 1940. 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. This was the qualification tournament for the World Youth Championship held between all the participating countries in Africa. 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

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