A diamond of the Azerbaijani sports facilities, the Baku Olympic Stadium (Baku National Olympics Stadium) located at Lake Boyukshor is one of the first greatest constructions Baku visitors see when arriving in the capital. The stadium constructed in an area of approximately 50 hectares, with a height of 62 meters, consists of 6 floors. The pitch has 4 and the stands have 26 entrance gates. The stadium with the capacity of 68,000 seats is designed in accordance with Olympic standards to ensure easy access of spectators by public transport and on foot. Therefore, it includes a parking venue for 3,100 car places.
In 2008, preliminary work was begun on the design of the stadium. A competition was announced during which the proposals of many local and foreign companies were considered. From the point of view of economic profitability, modernity, favorable functional features, compliance with the architecture of the city, as well as the technical conditions set, the organizers approved the project concept, which was provided by the Turkish company TOCA. Based on this concept, design work was carried out.
The preparation of the territory on which the stadium is located for construction was carried out by construction organizations of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan. These preliminary measures included the improvement of the territory, the work of driving underground piles in order to ensure the reliability of the stadium foundation. The conditions for the upcoming international tender for the provision of full-scale construction services were also developed.
On June 6, 2011, during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Azerbaijani football was held a ceremony of laying the foundation of the Baku Olympic Stadium. The ceremony was attended by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva, Joseph Blatter and Michel Platini, prominent members of the global football community, heads of various federations, football veterans and other guests.
The venue will host games for the Azerbaijan national football team as well as concerts. Baku Olympic Stadium fulfils FIFA’s and UEFA’s highest technical recommendations andelite stadium obligations for football stadiums and is automatically qualified to arrange tournaments and qualification games in European Football Championships.
The stadium hosted athletics, ceremonies during 1st European Games in 2015, UEFA U-17 European Championship in 2016, IV Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017, UCL and UEL group stage matches of “Qarabagh” FC, UEFA European Qualifiers and Nations League matches for “A” National Football Team, in 2019 BOS hosted European League Final and will be the home venue for Quarter-finals and Group stage during UEFA EURO-2020.
– Global Best Project, Sports Category(ENR, 2015)
– 2015 StadiumDB Best Stadium of the year 7th place
– Architect of the Year, 2016 World Stadium Congress Awards
– 2016 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Gala (Structural System), Diamond Award
– FIDIC Award of Merit 2016
– Bronze Prize, 4TH Global CM Contest (2017)
The stadium design motif was inspired by the Maiden Tower (UNESCO world heritage of Azerbaijan), while the dynamic stadium façade embodied the image of burning flame which is the symbol of Azerbaijan itself, the ‘land of fire’. This sports venue fully complies with the requirements and standards set by IAAF, FIFA, UEFA, which is also strategically planned to serve other various events in the future other than football and athletics such as live music performances and more.
Apart from oval-shaped stadium conventionally designed to accommodate 400m running track, Baku Olympic Stadium sits on a perfect circular platform. Also, it is designed as a structurally stable building to withstand wind and seismic shocks considering the regional climatic and topographical characteristics.
Source: Baku Olympic Stadium