King Fahd International Stadium

For the stadium in Ta'if, see King Fahd Stadium, Taif.
King Fahd International Stadium
درة الملاعب
Location Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Capacity 68,752
Opened 1987 (1987)
Architect Michael KC Cheah

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


The stadium was built in 1987 with the capacity of 68,752 viewers.[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.

The stadium is included in the football video games FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15 , FIFA 16 and FIFA 17.

The cost of construction was about 650 million 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 upon which his majesty King Fahd could observe the sport.

The architect was Michael KC Cheah.


  1. 1 2 "King Fahd International Stadium". StadiumDB. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
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Coordinates: 24°47′17.54″N 46°50′21.25″E / 24.7882056°N 46.8392361°E / 24.7882056; 46.8392361

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
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