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The Azadi Stadium is Iran's national and largest stadium. The Azadi stadium has a capacity of 90,000 people and was built to host the 1974 Asian 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. The renovations were completed in 2003, reducing the capacity of the stadium to 90,000 as the lower level of the stadium was refurnished with 35,000 seats. In 2004 a large jumbotron television was added, replacing the original scoreboard.

The stadium was once called the Aryamehr Stadium in honor of the former Shah of Iran but then changed to Azadi Stadium after the Iranian Revolution. The stadium is located in the West of Tehran, and is easily accessible 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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