This is the main stadium in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe. I visited back in the summer of 2010 while participating in a one month intensive course in Tajik and Farsi language study. Since it was summer there were no games to attend, but it did allow me to get some nice shots of the stadium when it was completely empty. It is listed as having a capacity of 24,000 and its size means that it is also the national stadium, used for the Tajik national team’s games as well as for various celebratory national events. The people working here were very kind, and even showed me into a few rooms where I was able to see, among other things, the schedule for weekly events posted on the wall. Despite its location in a remote Central Asian capital, the Pamir or Central Republican Stadium–the name depending on your (political) point of view, I suppose–it would not be out of place in an Eastern European capital. Due to Tajikistan’s the Soviet past, this stadium is similar to some that I saw in Ukraine, Estonia, and Bulgaria. It is located in a park, nestled amidst a sea of green trees near the Dushanbe zoo. Definitely another example of one thing the USSR did quite well: Location choice for stadiums.

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