Rajamangala National Stadium
|Clubs||Osotspa Saraburi FC|
|Address||286 Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24 Yaek 18, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok 10240|
Rajamangala Stadium – stadium description
The stadium was built in 1997 as part of Thailand's preparations for the 1998 Asian Games. At that time it could accommodate app. 65,000 people thanks to most of seating being benches and individual seats installed only at the main, west stand. That changed in 2006, this time in preparation for the 2007 Asian Cup games. Since then the ground is an all-seater.
Interestingly, it was designed and constructed entirely by locals. Architects of the Bangkok university worked on design while local contractor delivered the works. Its form is very dynamic, even dramatic, as stands rise twice in height starting from the lowest point behind goals and finishing in a three-tier combination along the pitch. Significant height allows the venue to be admired from afar, though a closer look may seem a bit disappointing. It's a concrete structure and materials of low quality combined with Thailand's climate give it a rough look.
Since 1998 this place played host to largest events in the country. National team and Asian club cup appearances of Thai clubs gave it quite some football history, while other gathering also took place for athletics, political rallies and concerts. Ironically, though, until 2010 there was no public transportation dedicated to the largest stadium of Thailand. This leading to huge traffic problems on event days.