Azerbaijan national football team and Qarabag FK
Baku Olympic Stadium
Capacity: 68,700 (all seated)
Address: Baku Olympic Stadium, 323, Heydar Aliyev Avenue, Baku 1040 Azerbaijan
Telephone: +994 12 422 64 10
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Milli (The National)
Year Ground Opened: 2015
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Blue
Away Kit: White
The Baku Olympic Stadium is easily one of the top landmarks of Azerbaijan. Located in the city of Baku, this ground is spread over a 50 ha property which has a boulevard in the south east and a lake in the north. The stadium has been constructed using five interlocked shells that provide a circular platform. This ground was initially constructed to be the centrepiece for the European games in 2015. Then, it has also become the Azerbaijan national team. Furthermore, the ground also hosts the Champions League matches for Qarabag, as it is one of the few stadiums in Azerbaijan that meets the requirements of UEFA.
What is it like for visiting supporters?
The supporters who visit the Baku Olympic Stadium will be treated to a stadium that has a traditional bowl design even if it is a modern stadium in Europe. This style is in line with the philosophy adopted by many European stadiums. There are three tiers in all sections apart from the long sides, as these have a fourth tier. One unique element about this ground would be the running track that introduces a sizeable gap between the spectators and pitch.
How to get there by car & Where to park?
Baku Olympic Stadium is located in the north-east of the city. It happens to be conveniently located between the city and the international airport. It can be reached quite conveniently by car from the city centre, as the ground is only 11 km away. The proximity to the international airport also makes it convenient to reach using the taxi services, which ply in great numbers. For the self driving spectators, they can easily reach the stadium by using the address on the satnav:
H. Aliyev Ave. 323, Baku, AZ1040
The stadium ground is so vast that there is enough parking space for 3000+ cars. A significant portion of the parking space might be reserved for VIPs. Just around the ground, there is a ‘green zone’ and it is a better idea to park the car near a public transit station and take the public transport.
By train or metro
The trip to the stadium can be easily done on a metro, as the Koroglu station is just a few minutes walk away from the ground. It is connected through 1 and 2 metro lines. The line 1 will service the Baku Boulevard and the old city.
The nearest airport to the ground will be the Heydar Aliyev International Airport. There are plenty of taxis available at this airport. They can be used to reach the stadium for a cost of around 20 AZN. Since this airport is connected to different parts of Europe with regular flights, this is one of the preferred options for getting to Azerbaijan compared to trains. The city also has plenty of buses that ply to the stadium with the nearest stop – Milli Stadion – located just outside the gates.
The ticket prices can differ quite a lot when Azerbaijan’s national team play on the ground. The prices depend heavily on the competition and opponent. A match against England in a friendly will end up costing a lot more than a match against Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifier. Meanwhile, the Champions League matches involving Qarabag will also end up costing a decent sum of money. The availability of skyboxes provides wealthy spectators to get the VIP experience by spending more on the tickets. As a new stadium, these VIP sections tend to be significantly expensive while providing high levels of quality.
Neftçi PFK (Qarabag)
Baku Olympic Stadium is one of the modern stadiums to come up in Azerbaijan. As expected, it has a slew of features that are designed to help disabled spectators enjoy their experience. The facilities begin with special access for people with wheelchair. There are modes of transport that are specifically accessible from the spectators. Anyone with a wheelchair access will be able to sit on levels 1, 2, and 5 to watch matches. These viewing places are also conveniently located close to restrooms, which are also friendly disabled-access. Furthermore, the serving counters for the food and drink are in low level.
The stadium tours are a great platform to understand the Baku Olympic Stadium in detail. As the biggest stadium in this part of the world, there are many facets to learn about the ground. The price for a stadium tour is approximately €60 for one individual. The tour will be two hours long and it gives an opportunity to learn more about the stadium thanks to the availability of a live tour guide. This VIP tour may also include the chance to look at the VIP zones, skyboxes, press rooms, and other sections of the ground.
One can also avail a normal tour that will end up costing significantly less. These normal tours will only cost AZN 5 for adults while children get it a lot cheaper. Those who are under 15 years of age are only charged AZN 1. For someone who has a concessional ticket eligibility, the price will be only AZN 2. Unlike the VIP tour that is quite expensive and extensive, this tour will last for around one hour.
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