The National Stadium , locally also referred to as Ta' Qali, is a stadium located in Ta' Qali, Malta. The stadium, which also contains the headquarters of the Malta Football Association, seats 16,997 people and is, by far, the largest stadium in the country. It serves as the national football stadium of Malta and is the home stadium of the Malta national football team. The stadium, together with three other stadiums, also hosts the Maltese Premier League and some of the matches of the Maltese FA Trophy, including the final.
Although officially the new stadium was inaugurated on 6 December 1981 with a Maltese Premier League encounter between Zurrieq and Senglea, certain records suggest that the stadium was already up and running by May 1981. Indeed, newspapers extracts indicate that the stadium hosted the final of the first ever national championship organised by the now defunct Malta Football Federation between Valletta Vanguards FC and Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club on 3 May 1981.
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