- Address: Sheshi Italia 1, Tirana
- Country: Albania
- Capacity: 22,000
- Opened: 17 November 2019
- Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Air Albania Stadium
The construction of the venue, which is also known as Arena Kombëtare, started in 2016. It opened as the largest stadium by capacity in Albania. The venue opened with a match between the national football teams of Albania and the French Republic. The national football team of the French Republic, also known as Les Bleus, won the game in front of 21,000 spectators. They won their first-ever FIFA World Cup in 1998 after defeating Brazil. Les Bleus won their second world championship title in 2018 after beating Croatia.
The national football team of Albania
The national football team of Albania played numerous matches at the Air Albania Stadium. In 2016, they played their first-ever UEFA European Football Championship match. Albania lost the match against the Swiss Confederation, commonly known as Switzerland. Fabian Schär scored the only goal of the match, which attracted a crowd of 33,000. The game took place in the French Republic. The national football team of Albania also lost their second UEFA European Football Championship match. A few days later, they won their first UEFA European Football Championship game after beating Romania. Armando Sadiku scored the only goal of the match.
The UEFA Conference League
In 2022, Air Albania Stadium hosted the first-ever UEFA Conference League final. The UEFA Conference League is known as the third-tier competition in European club football. The Italian side AS Roma won the football match after beating the Dutch side Feyenoord. Nicolò Zaniolo scored the only goal of the game. The forward Cyriel Dessers did not score for Feyenoord in the UEFA Conference League final, but he scored his first goal for the national football team of Nigeria a few days later.
Partizani, one of the main Albanian sports clubs, played numerous home matches at the Air Albania Stadium. The club was founded in 1946. One year later, they were crowned Albanian football champions for the first time in their history. In 1964, Partizani became the first Albanian football club with 10 top-flight league titles. They won 15 of the 22 matches in that league season. Seven games ended in a draw.