Sabah Al Salem Stadium has been the home ground of Kuwaiti Premier League side Al Arabi since opening in 1979. Capable of seating 28,000 spectators per match, the stadium is multi-purpose by design and features an athletics track around the perimeter of the pitch.
The stadium was essentially constructed for the AFC Asian Cup in 1980 where it was used as the centrepiece of the tournament. As well as hosting matches throughout each stage of the competition, Sabah Al Salem Stadium also hosted the Final match between Kuwait and South Korea.
Attended by a full capacity crowd of 28,000 – an attendance record which is unlikely to be ever beaten, the hosts Kuwait defeated the Koreans by three goals to nil in empathic style.
To date this is the only major trophy won by the Kuwait National Team, and therefore Sabah Al Salem Stadium holds a special place in the hearts of the older football fans.
It is very much regarded as one of the country’s most iconic venues for this reason despite not being the country’s national stadium.