- Address: Pyongyang
- Country: DPR Korea
- Capacity: 114,000
- Opened: 1 May 1989
- Main use: Football, mass games
Extra stadium info – Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is named after the islet it is located on and the International Workers’ Day. The construction of the venue, which opened as the largest sports venue by capacity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, started in 1986. It is known as a venue for several events, like athletics, football, mass games, speeches and wrestling. In September 2018, the stadium hosted a summit. During the summit, Moon Jae-in gave a speech with Kim Jong-un. The speech had themes of cooperation, peace and unification.
The national football team of the Democratic People’s Republic
The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium became one of the venues used by the national football team of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. They are also known as North Korea and they lost their inaugural FIFA World Cup match against the former USSR in 1966. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea played its second FIFA World Cup game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, against Chile. They defeated the Italian Republic in their third FIFA World Cup game. The Portuguese Republic eliminated the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the quarter-finals of the 1966 FIFA World Cup, which was won by England.
The national women’s football team of the Democratic People’s Republic also played home games at the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium. In 1999, they lost their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup game against Nigeria. The women’s team won their second game of the tournament against Denmark. They lost their third and final match of the tournament against the United States. The United States won the tournament after beating China in the final. They won the final after penalties.