varzeshgāh-e āryāmehr) is an all-seater football stadium in Tehran, Iran. It has a current capacity of 78,116 spectators, though it has been able to hold more than that during special matches.The stadium was designed by SOM and inaugurated on 18 October 1971; it is self-owned by Esteghlal F. The stadium is part of the much larger Azadi Sport Complex, and is surrounded by a rowing river, football training pitches, a weightlifting complex, swimming facilities and indoor volleyball and futsal courts, among many other amenities.Though a simple bowl concrete structure, the stadium is a breathtaking sight.Situated west of the capital, an arching, slightly raised outer shell appears to give way as sweeping stands sink down to pitch side, as if the ground collapsed during building.The stadium hosted two West Asian Football Federation Championship in 20.In 2008, AFC forced Sepahan to play the home matches in AFC Champions League in this stadium after their home stadium Naghsh-e-Jahan Stadium was closed for renovation.There is enough parking for 400 cars inside the stadium, and an additional 10,000 parking spots are available outside.
Aryamehr (meaning "Light of the Aryans"), renamed after Iranian Revolution to Azadi (meaning "freedom" in Persian), is the 10th largest association football stadium in the world.
It was built to host the 1974 Asian Games and has hosted the 1976 AFC Asian Cup.
The stadium also hosted AFC Champions League final on two occasions: in 19.
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