- Address: Dongjiangwan Road, Shanghai
- Country: China
- Capacity: 33,000
- Opened: 14 March 1999
- Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Hongkou Football Stadium
The construction of the Hongkou Football Stadium, which is also used for concerts, started in 1998. It opened as one of the largest sports venues by capacity in Shanghai. In 2017, the Hongkou Stadium was seriously damaged by a fire. Severe damage was done to the venue before the fire was extinguished. The fire reached the roof membrane of the stadium.
The 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup
In 2007, the Hongkou Football Stadium hosted several FIFA Women’s World Cup matches. The women’s national football teams of the Argentine Republic, England, Germany, Japan, Nigeria and the United States played at the venue during the group stage of the world championship. The stadium also hosted the third place game, which was won by the United States after beating Norway. Later, it also hosted the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup final. The match was won by the women’s national football team of Germany after defeating Brazil. A crowd of 31,000 showed up for the match.
Football club Shanghai Shenhua, the first sports club from Shanghai with 1 million followers on its main social media page, played numerous home matches at the Hongkou Football Stadium. They won the Chinese super cup in 1995 for the first time in their history. The same year, Shanghai Shenhua were crowned Chinese football champions. They drew an average home attendance of 27,000 during that domestic league season.
In 2016, Shanghai Shenhua signed Carlos Alberto Tévez. He became one of the highest-paid athletes in the world after signing with the Chinese football club. Tévez played professional football for the Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham United, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus before he signed with Shanghai Shenhua. He also played 76 games for the national football team of the Argentine Republic, one of the first teams with a FIFA World Cup title.