The Best Football Stadiums in Egypt

A look at some of the best football stadiums that can be found in Egypt, including multiple home grounds of Egyptian Premier League sides you’ve likely bet on. Egypt’s...

A look at some of the best football stadiums that can be found in Egypt, including multiple home grounds of Egyptian Premier League sides you’ve likely bet on.

Egypt’s Finest Football Stadiums for Casino Betting Fans

Like many things in Egypt, football has been around a long time. Many of the country’s finest stadiums are more recent constructions, however, but the nation is still home to the oldest footballing arena in Africa. If you’re planning on visiting Egypt and want to catch some of the beautiful game, here are some of the stadiums you should keep in mind.

Alexandria Stadium

The home ground of the Egyptian Premier League’s Al Ittihad Alexandria Club is the Alexandria Stadium, with a capacity of 20,000. The stadium is the oldest not only in Egypt but in the whole of Africa, having first been opened in 1929. In more recent times, it’s hosted games for the Africa Cup of Nations and the Egypt Cup. Outside the stadium itself is the ancient and magnificent city of Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great over two thousand years ago. Alexandria is Egypt’s second largest city, and replete with historical and cultural attractions from Roman relics to museums and a Coptic cathedral.

30 June Stadium

Built and owned by the Egyptian Air Defense Forces, the 30 June Stadium was opened in 2012 and is the home turf of Pyramids FC. As an aside, Pyramids were formerly known as Al Assiouty Sport, changing their name in 2018 after Chairman of the Saudi Sports Authority Turki Al Sheikh became the team’s owner. The name stuck even after the ownership of the side switched to Emirati businessman Salem Al Shamsi in 2019. The stadium’s capacity is 30,000 and, besides its regular role as an Egyptian Premier League host, has been the site of matches played in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Al Ahly v Zamalek

Cairo Derby Ahly v Zamalek

Al Ahly versus Zamalek

There are many great football derbies in the world. Real Madrid and Barcelona in El Clasico and the Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers spring to mind. Another of these is the rivalry between Egyptian Premier League giants Al Ahly and Zamalek. In the 2018-19 season, Al Ahly won the league, with Zamalek coming second.

This rivalry dates back more than a century, all the way back to 1917, and they’ve played one another well over 200 times. To put this Cairo derby into context, non-Egyptian officials are often hired to referee matches to help ensure neutrality. If you want to watch one of the biggest matches not just in Egypt or Africa, but in world football (the biggest attendance was 120,000), then you’ll want to visit Cairo International Stadium.

Cairo International Stadium has a seated capacity of 75,000 and is an Olympic-standard multi-use sporting arena. Despite its impressive facilities the stadium is actually relatively old, dating back to 1960. It’s where the fierce rivals of Zamalek and Al Ahly compete against one another in the Egyptian Premier League’s Cairo derby.

There’s also the Al Ahly Stadium (sometimes known by its old name, the Al Salam Stadium) which has a seated capacity of 30,000 and was constructed in 2009. The stadium is home to one of Egypt’s top teams, Al Ahly, and hosted matches in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Both stadiums being located in Cairo, so visitors can easily reach the capital’s fantastic attractions, from the pyramids and Sphinx to the Egyptian Museum.

Petro Sport Stadium

The Petro Sport Stadium is a new building that was only finished in 2006. It’s a multi-use stadium with a seating capacity of 16,000, and one of the sites where top team Zamalek play their home games. (The club is presently without a permanent home ground).

Ismailia Stadium

The Ismailia stadium was remodelled in 2009 to hold a capacity of 18,525, and is the home ground of one of the Premier League’s most successful sides: Ismaily SC. The stadium has hosted matches for both the 2006 African Cup of Nations and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Not only is it a place where you can catch top flight Egyptian football, it’s in the city known as one of the most beautiful in Egypt, so there’s great things to see both in the stadium and in the local area.

From the ancient city of Alexandria to the cluster of stadiums in the capital of Cairo, and onwards to the beautiful city of Ismailia, there are great footballing arenas in stunning locations throughout Egypt.

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