Just a Football Ground
After a grim past, Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium is finally just being used for sport
The Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh was built in 1964 for the Games of the New Emerging Forces and during the Khmer Rouge era was used as an execution ground. Today, though, the stadium is a lively cultural hub, regularly staging football matches and other sporting events.
On 21 July 2016, the 70,000 capacity stadium, redeveloped in 2000, hosted the Association of South-East Asian Nations Under-16 Championship semi-final between Cambodia and Vietnam. Despite heavy rain, a large and passionate crowd turned out and witnessed a 1-0 defeat for the hosts.
Vietnam went on to lose the final on penalties to Australia, while Cambodia went down 3-0 to Thailand in the third-place play-off.