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" The Azadi Stadium " is Iran's national and largest stadium. The Azadi stadium has a capacity of 100,000 people and was built to host the 1974 Asian Summer Games. The stadium is part of the much larger "Azadi Sports Complex", and is surrounded by a number of grass pitches, built for training.

Azadi Stadium is where most of Iran's national games, and sensitive matches of Iran's Premier League are held.

In 2002, the lower level of the stadium had seats installed, the pitch was replanted along with an underground heating system and a big screen television was added on. Stadium management also plans to later install seats in the upper level of the stadium. Once all renovations are done the stadium will have a reduced capacity of 90,000.

The stadium was once called the Aryamehr Stadium in honor of the former Shah/King of Iran but then changed to "Azadi Stadium" after the Iranian Revolution. The stadium is located in the West of Tehran, and is easily accesible for most people living in the city.
Opposing teams often find it difficult to play their best game, when the stadium is full, as the noise level becomes very high !

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