Located in Nam T Liêm, Hanoi, the My Dinh National Stadium is a multi-purpose venue in Hanoi, Vietnam with a total of 40,192 spectators can fit inside, making it the highlight of Vietnam’s National Sports Complex.
It hosted the Southeast Asian Games’ opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the men’s football and athletics competitions, when it opened to the public in September 2003.
This is the stadium where the Vietnamese national football team plays when hosting international friendlies. The US$53 million stadium is located 10 kilometers north-west of central Hanoi, and it can hold up to 40,000 spectators, making it the second largest in the country.
Half of the seats in the arena’s grandstands are protected from the elements by arched roofs located on the arena’s east and west sides. There are two football fields nearby for the teams to use as practice areas.
In 1998, the Vietnamese government marked up ideas for a new national stadium as part of a prefeasibility study for a national sports complex.
As part of the preparations for hosting the 2003 Southeast Asian Games, the Vietnamese government and Prime Minister Phan Văn Khi approved plans for a stadium at the complex’s central location in July 2000.
The stadium’s construction began in 2002. Before its current name, Sân vn ng Trung tâm was the stadium’s working name (“central stadium”). Architectural work on the stadium was finished in June of 2003.
The stadium was formally renamed M nh National Stadium in August 2003 to honor the commune in where it is situated. The opening ceremony took place on September 2, 2003, in honor of Vietnam’s National Day.
Mnh has a total of four support structures. Each of the A and B stands (the east and west sections) are protected by a massive arched roof weighing in about 2,300 tonnes. The height of these two stands is 25.8 meters (85 feet), but the height of the C and D stands (the south and north stands, respectively) is just 8.4 meters (28 feet).
The stadium can accommodate almost 41,000 people, excluding the 450 VIP seats and 160 press seats and the playing field is 105 meters by 67 meters and is flanked by an eight-lane track and many additional athletics infrastructure.